The Alaska Cruise
It pretty much rained the whole cruise. But that didn't stop us! We saw Haines first thing... We walked around town and went to this museum. It was very interesting to see live animals (and stuffed ones too). Although I am uncomfortable with the idea of killing animals to stuff them, it was a wonderful thing to look at them up close–not something one wants to do with a live moose! I thought the museum was well done... ...and I really liked the live animals, including owls and an enormous Bald Eagle that was very uncooperative about getting his photo taken. We enjoyed the day on land but were glad to get back to the dry ship. We pulled away from Haines... We sailed into Glacier Bay where this glacier moves 7 feet per day. It looked like someone had dripped blue food coloring in spots. I was told those blue areas are mineral deposits. Here the glacier is "calving", which means big chunks of the glacier are falling into the water. I was pretty thrilled to see that! Here are three examples of towel art. Almost every evening, we would come back to our room and find a new animal on one of our beds. I liked the elephant best, but they were all very clever. Our room stewards were so nice! I enjoyed my time with the knitters. We had some good classes and good times. We only had class when we were at sea so that we all would be free to explore when we docked. Juneau is the state capital of Alaska and I was amazed to hear that one can only get there by air or water--not by land. Turns out this is pretty inconvenient. So at one point, the possibility of moving the state capital to Anchorage was put on the referendum and passed. THEN they ran the financials to see how much it would cost to move and no one felt it was worth that many millions of dollars. We saw the state capital. And where the state business is done... In Ketchikan, we saw totems in a park and then went to a Totem museum. They were mysterious and wonderful relics. Here is my favorite totem. It's a halibut. I learned on this trip that the halibut is an enormous fish and its eye migrates, likes a flounder. It is flat and lies on the bottom of the ocean. I always thought of it as something like a trout! What a landlubber I am! We saw this lodge house and were able to go in... and see what it was like inside. We would sail for Vancouver that evening, spending a day along the inside passage. It seemed too short--only 7 days. But I looked forward to being in Vancouver.I can't tell you how happy I was to get off the #$% bus when we got to Seward. There was the ship! My son was already on board and had texted me asking where the heck was I and that he had already seen the whole ship! Jorn and I had our first meal–dinner– on the ship in the dining room.