Since my last post we’re toured Alaska!  And got to know the ship – Silver Shadow – a lot better. I’ll likely review the ship when the cruise is over, but overall it’s been very nice. Is it similar to or better than Regent, Seabourn, Crystal? Everybody wants to know and yes I have my opinion so stay tuned.
What’s my favorite port so far between Wrangell, Sitka, Juneau and today in Skagway? They are truly all amazing in some way or another.  Alaska is gorgeous, spectacular and “you name the superlative.” Every minute of every day is a visual fantasy.
Our excursion today to the Denver Glacier to see the dog mushing camping was one of those unique life experiences, and gone in flash. The helicopter ride to the glacier through the snow covered canyons and “ice falls” was more than spectacular. And arriving at a dog camp on top of the glacier was equally as stunning. Maybe it’s like arriving in Venice at 6AM when the town is still asleep (another of my incredible life experiences) or hiking the Kalalau trail in Kauai, Hawaii with the breathtaking vistas of the cliffs. DSC_0260_0285
Wrangell, our first stop, is a small, unassuming and non-touristy spot which offered a look at the real small town Alaska experience. And from there we hopped on a speed boat for a ride up the Stikine river which was our first experience with the ooohs and aaahs of Alaska. With 360 degree views of snow capped mountains, a wonderful and authentic experience.
Sitka is a bit more touristy but it’s still just a “bigger” small city. Our kayaking tour was cancelled (I think the guide was probably hungover) so we enjoyed a short visit to the Alaska Raptor Center. The walk there from the ship took of through a residential area where we experienced several bald eagles flying directly overhead to their perches in the tall evergreens above. Their wingspans are massive and they certainly glide effortlessly.
Juneau’s setting is rather breathtaking,  like I said before, as is all of Alaska. The town itself while the state capitol is not particularly nice and I thought the Mendenhall Glacier (accessible easily by the Blue Bus) was fairly boring. What I would do again is take the cable car to the top of the mountain. It’s base in on the pier so it’s right there, the views are wonderful and there are several hiking trails.  And you can go up and down as many times as you want for the price of 1 ticket.
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