Now that Autumn is here in Vermont, I thought I’d let you know what we were doing all summer when I wasn’t posting to my blog. Over a year ago, we set out to realize our dream of going to Alaska by booking a small boat cruise – only 60 passengers – through the Inner Passages. In June we embarked on the two week tour: Juneau to Ketchican the first week and back to Juneau the second week. They were different itineraries so we got to do and see some different things along the way while spending time in some of the same places. The best part of this tour was how close we were able to get to the wildlife and the amount of time we were able to enjoy it “up-close-and-personal”. We carried skiffs with us so they were ready quickly to check out a glacier, or a sea lion haul-out. The boat had a floating dry dock with kayaks that were available many of the days for quiet exploration of sea life when we anchored in bays or coves. We followed whales and orcas, sometimes for hours, saw numerous bears on the beaches, had the chance to visit small towns or to hike in the rainforest. We even got to camp overnight on a beach. It was magical. And when we were finished with our time in the inner passage, we took a 4 day trip into the interior to Denali, staying at the end of the 92 mile road into the Denali National Park at the Kantishna Roadhouse. While the mosquitoes were fierce, we got to see lots of wildlife: bears, moose, sheep, caribou and lots of smaller creatures. We hiked, panned for gold, and generally enjoyed the majesty of the mountains and grand scenery that is Denali. What an amazing trip!
I have made 2 photo books in Shutterfly to help preserve the memories we made: one of the myriad of wildflowers we saw and photographed while we were there, and one that draws from our journal and the over 5000 photos we took. If you are interested, they both can be viewed on line. The link to the wildflower book is here. The link to the journal is here.