Monday, July 27, 2015
Our cab ride through Vancouver left us wanting more. I can definitely see us heading back there for a 3 - 4 nights.
We had a quick and easy experience leaving Vancouver - especially because we have Global Entry. It's great you clear US Customs and Immigration before you even board the plane.
We had an easy flight home connecting through Houston.
Re-entry was a bit rough. This was one of the toughest jet lags I've experienced. The only other one as bad was Japan. I think it was the combination of having trouble adjusting to the 4 hour time change on the front end because it never go dark and just enough of a time change to make things a bit difficult.
|The day started with Coffee and Bloody Marys|
|Martinis with a shot of espresso - that's a breakfast drink - right?|
|We ran into our friends Jon an Jackie|
|The ship had a Noro Virus scare so they weren't handing out fruit. It's a weird rule. We did shots of tequila so the bartender found us some limes|
|Lunch with our favorite bartender - Jake|
|We did finally go outside - A drink from our Mini-Bar|
|Glenn and I picked up the Penny Whistle from our cabin to serenade the end of our pub crawl.|
We saw several bald eagles, got a glimpse of the famous Totem poles and did see a lighthouse.
After the tour, we headed into town. The Maitre'D had recommended the Burger Barn for a good burger. We hustled over there, ordered a burger and headed next door to the Aslym for a beer. It took about 30 minutes for the burger. It was good.. really good. We headed over the Great Lumberjack Show.
We board a boa to headed out. We were so lucky we immediately got reports of a group of Humpback whales in the area. We came across a group of 7 - 9 humpback whales playing. Three of them breeched. It was an incredible moment. I even got a little teary-eyed. But - I didn't get any pictures. I'll just have to remember it always.
|Sleeping sea lions are must easier to take picture of.|
Saturday, July 25, 2015
For Skagway, we signed up for two excursions. The first one was breakfast at the Red Onion Saloon and a Suspension Bridge in the Yukon of Canada. The excursion was well done. The Red Onion Saloon's history as a brothel was really interesting and a good glimpse into what the town must have been like during the Gold Rush.
The scenery on the bus ride was great. The Suspension Bridge was cool and we got to try some Canadian beers.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
We started the day exploring Seward. We took a walk along the harbor and saw several otters paddling around. Then we headed to the Seward museum. It is located in the Main Library right downtown. It's a nice collection of exhibits telling the history of Seward. Took us about 30 minutes to walk through it. At the end, a table with binders with more information was really interesting. I read the profiles of some of the early pioneers. They also have a reproduction of a newspaper from 1925. The part of the museum I liked the best was the section about when this area had been owned by Russia. I thought that was an interesting look at how these settlements really started.
For lunch we had to do to Chinooks- a harbour front restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised by the modern menu - especially the cocktails. The best dish of the day was the halibut cheeks. They were served in kind of a seafood chowder with deep fried capers. They were delicious. Glenn had the steak salad which was very very good. I had to bahn mi sandwich which was okay.
We headed back to the lodge to wait for our friends Tom and Margaret to arrive. Then we headed out on a boat. We took the Kenai Fox Island dinner cruise. We are headed out into the fjord, stopped at Fox Island for a prime rib, salmon, and king crab dinner, and then headed back. A real treat on the way back was when we came across the pod of 7-9 humpback whales feeding. We watched as they circled around and use bubble netting to capture a lot of fish. We even saw several them come to the surface several times. I was so excited.