Done! I have now been to all 50 United States of America, plus Washington D.C. Perhaps I was way more excited than I should have been, but it has only been in the past few years that I believed it would be possible to complete this bucket list. This particular trip was made possible by the generosity of my parents. I really enjoy traveling with my parents again.
One of the ship’s staff told us on our first day that one of the most frequently asked questions is – which side of the ship is best when cruising Alaska? My cabin happens to be on the port (left side), and I know I don’t want to miss a thing. His answer — outside. Makes sense! We aren’t going to see the beauty of Alaska inside!
Our first port in Alaska is the city of Ketchikan. It happens to have the largest Coast Guard facility around; and therefore is the largest federal employer in town.
Our day began by departing our large cruise ship – Grand Princess – and getting on a smaller boat to travel the Misty Fjords. Thankfully….it wasn’t misty today. My good traveling weather karma was with me today. As you will see from the pictures, we had beautiful weather. The boat ride was still very windy, and that wind isn’t warm. But I know the weather could have been much worse.
Pursuant to a previous blog post – I took a few pictures to help me remember this day and this trip. I could have taken more pictures, but then I really wouldn’t have “seen” Ketchikan and the surrounding area. Please don’t be discouraged from looking at the pictures below; but I do think one has to really see the beauty of Alaska in person. The size is hard to capture in a photograph.
The front of the Grand Princess from the excursion boat: