Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ALASKA!!!

At the end of August Brandon and I went on a cruise to Alaska with my Mom, Dad, Aunt Nancy, and Uncle John. It was so much fun and Alaska is beautiful! I have hundreds of pictures from the trip. Here is just a sampler to help show all the beautiful sites.

The cruise began in Seattle so my parents came up the night before to see our new place and hangout out. (My Mom is very good at Mario Kart!) Saturday morning we all boarded the Golden Princess and set sail for Alaska. Here are some pictures from the bon voyage party on deck. Notice my Dad still working on the phone while he had reception. :) As you can see the weather was perfect and stayed that way the entire week. We were so lucky to have no rain! (well...maybe just a few sprinkles)

Sunday was a day at sea which gave my Dad plenty of time at the slot machines! ;) And everyone really got into dancing to YMCA by the pool.Monday we made it to Juneau, the captial of Alaska. It is a goregous town squished up next to towering mountains. There are no roads in or out of Juneau. You can only get in my boat or air. We took a tram ride up about 1800ft to the top of Mount Roberts. There we got a good view of Juneau.We went hiking around the top of Mount Roberts but only came across these friendly animals in the gift shops!Next we loaded onto a big blue bus and headed to Mendenhall Glacier. Brandon and I took a hike up to the top of a waterfall by the glacier.
Tuesday we were in Skagway. This was as far north as we would go. Skagway is a very small town that is famous for the White Pass/Yukon Route railroad. This was used during the 1848 gold rush. We took a ride on the train up into Canada. The train tracks lied right up against the steep mountain walls and crossed what looked like richety old bridges. Again, it was a gorgeous day and we got many great views of the city.
The next day we went up a narrow fjord cut by glaciers. We woke up early and stood at the bough of the ship in the freezing cold. The scenery was fantastic and well worth enduring the cold. At the very top of the fjord we came within a mile of Sawyer Glacier. We stood and watched as huge icebergs fell off the glacial wall and crashed into the ocean. It sounded like thunder when the ice hit the water. I have never seen anything like it.
Thursday we went to Ketchican. We woke up extra early and met a guide who would take us kayaking. I don't have any pictures from this trip (we took Brandon's camera) on my computer right now. Brandon will have to post some later. This was by far my FAVORITE part of the cruise. After we took a short boat ride to get to our kayaking spot we got in the water. The water was surprising warm and again the weather clear. Soon after we started we were about 100 yards away from about a dozen killer whales. I even saw one jump! The salmon were running and the water was full of jumping salmon. We saw bald eagles and star fish as well. I loved it!!!
Late Friday we arrived in Victoria, British Columbia. Even though it was dark we made our way to the Butchart Gardens. The gardens are beautiful with all the colored lights.
Saturday we made it back to Seattle and back to reality. We had an AWESOME time. Thanks Mom, Dad, Nancy, and John for being great company. Thanks again Dad for planning everything! It was unforgettable!

12 comments:

Ali said...

Oh.MY! That glacier is amazing! Pure BEAUTY! How fun...

Sandra said...

I love your pictures of the fabulous trip to Alaska. It was so much fun to all be together. We had so much fun. To bad more of the family could not go. We will have to wait for January. Thanks for the great memories.

Liz said...

Karen! I love looking at all these pictures! It looks like such a great time! Have you switched departments that you're working in? Your sister said a few months ago that you were thinking about it I think. I wish I could have seen you when you were in Utah for the wedding! I moved to the DC area and am missing the 5th floor. Let me know if you have any tips for getting used to a new hospital!

Jessica said...

Wow Karen that sounds like it was an amazing trip! I love all the pictures! You guys look great. I'm glad you had fun. I want to see pictures of the killer whales!

Megan and TJ said...

It looks like so much fun. I can't wait for our trip to Alaska next summer. All the beautiful pictures are making me want to go now. I am glad you had a great time! Aren't cruises wonderful!

Angel said...

That is an AMAZING trip. I really want to go to Alaska some day! Lucky you!

Lisa said...

Looks like fun next time I'm going to be there too!!

Camille said...

What an awesome trip! That makes me want to cruise Alaska! You look so gorgeous in all the pictures too.

I'm sorry about your Grandpa. What a neat man he was! Thanks for sharing his guidelines on life. That was inspiring and I think I might just hang them on my mirror as a reminder. :)

Also, I can't believe your sister got married! It seems like she was just barely graduating high school. Time flies! Congrats to Suzie! What a fun time for all of your sisters to be together.

I love seeing the fun things you're up to Karen! I missed seeing you in Utah! One of these days we'll cross paths again.

love ya!

P.S. That fireball looks so cool!!!

Sandra said...

It was great to be with you on such a fun trip. You and Brandon made the cruise a special vacation for all of us.

Nancy said...

Karen you really got some great pictures of the trip. We will have to do some picture swapping. I have some really cute ones of you and Brandon. It was a really fun time. We really enjoyed spending time with you guys and getting to know Brandon better. He is pretty funny and fun! Of course we already knew how fun you are from our previous trip to NY with your family. Your dad really knows how to plan fun trips and were glad he lets us tag along from time to time!!

kathy said...

Looks like your trip was seriously amazing!! I'm very jealous. That is on my list of places to go one day! :)

Taylor and Cami Weight said...

Karebear! Wish we could come with you! Looks so fun! I've always wanted to go to Alaska! You are living life the right way! Sure miss you and love you! Hope to see you sometime sooner than later :)