Alaska Pt 2

Picking up where I left off, we left Skagway relatively early in the evening, so we hung out after dinner in a lounge on this weird bed/seat, read our books, watched the mountains, waterfalls, and rainbows out the windows, and listened to the live band play. Not a bad way to spend an evening.

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The next day was the highlight of the trip. Our ship cruised up Glacier bay, and the entire day was just completely full of beautiful and amazing scenery and plenty of sightings of animals and birds. Have I mentioned the weather was amazing? It was amazing.
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I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so beautiful and inhospitable as those giant rivers of ice flowing down from the rugged mountains.
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The décor on these cruise ships is not exactly made to match Alaska though. The palm trees were an interesting contrast to the scenery.
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The next day was the second high point of the trip. We arrived in Ketchikan and took a flight on a float plane!
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Now, Ketchikan gets 155 inches of rain a year, which works out to be a bit over 4/10ths of an inch a day. And yet, it wasn’t even cloudy while we were there. Incredible.
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This flight went over the Misty Fjords National Monument, so named because it’s normally cloudy and misty.

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We actually landed in one of the fjords for a while and got out and stood on the pontoons.
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Apparently plane and boat are the only ways in to this area, and there are some primitive cabins you can reserve and stay at along the water. Sounds like fun, although if it’s constantly raining maybe it wouldn’t be that great.
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A couple of months after we did this trip it was in the news that one of the planes from this company crashed on one of these trips, killing everybody on it. What a tragedy for a company that seemed very professional and like they enjoyed what they do.

We spent the rest of our time in Ketchikan wandering through town, checking out a park and enjoying the pretty flowers.
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The final day was mostly spent zipping south, docking in the evening in Victoria, BC. We just walked to Chinatown and back, taking in the sights along the way.
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Every place we stopped on this trip we had to go wander through the marina to check out the boats. There are many pictures of boats on the camera.
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The next morning when we awoke, we were in Seattle. My sister, the extremely cool looking person pictured below, picked us up, took us to a delicious Dim Sum place, wandered along a beach and checked out tide pools, ate at a fish and chips place where they messed up every single bit of what Ken ordered, and checked out another park along the water. We then got on our plane and went home.  Twas a good trip.
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