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Saxman Native Village & Lumberjacks in Ketchikan (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Saxman Native Village & Lumberjacks in Ketchikan (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Posted November 12, 2021 in Around the World // 0 Comments

Ketchikan was our final stop on our brief southeastern Alaska tour, and it was a bittersweet day. As I’m sure you’ve gleaned from the previous three posts in this series, I really loved Alaska. It has shot up my list of favorite places in the world to Top Three, and I feel like at this point I’ve travelled enough that Top Three is impressive. Our itinerary in Ketchikan included two things: the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show and a visit to Saxman Native Village. This excursion is the only one that’s stayed the same since we first booked the cruise back […]

A Day with Sled Dogs in Juneau (Alaska Cruise 2021)

A Day with Sled Dogs in Juneau (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Posted November 5, 2021 in Around the World // 0 Comments

Everyone in Juneau is so nice – we’ve been lucky enough to have travelled extensively and folks are lovely most places, but in Juneau, the locals welcome you like you’re coming home. I want to open this post with that warm endorsement because even though Juneau is cold and wet most of the year, its people are absolutely remarkable and I am so glad to have met the folks I met. Our day in Juneau started a bit late – the best way to do it when you’re on vacation. We slept in, watched the early birds get off the […]

Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Posted October 29, 2021 in Around the World // 2 Comments

Approximately 300 years ago, Glacier Bay was a fertile valley inhabited by the Tlingit people. As the glaciers began to encroach on their homeland, the Tlingit were forced to flee their ancestral home and they ultimately created a new home – Hoonah, just east of Icy Strait Point. As the Glacier now recedes, this remains an extremely important place to the Tlingit people. The United States National Park Service is working to establish a better relationship with the Tlingit and their kinship with this land. While I could never truly begin to understand the deep connection the Tlingit people have […]

Icy Strait Point (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Icy Strait Point (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Posted October 22, 2021 in Around the World // 0 Comments

We arrived in Icy Strait Point amidst dense fog and slow, patient rain. On vacation, you always hope for sunshine, but this melancholy and drizzle felt utterly perfect for Alaska somehow and we didn’t mind. Alaska breathes. It is a slow, patient behemoth of a land that waits with utmost patience and simply… is. I’m not sure how to describe it outside of abstractions. The land is largely untouched and even for someone like myself who hails from a deeply rural landscape, it is awe inspiring. We arrived at Icy Strait Point in the afternoon. The rain persisted and so […]

Meet the Norwegian Encore (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Meet the Norwegian Encore (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Posted October 15, 2021 in Around the World // 0 Comments

As I mentioned in my September Wrap Up, we went to Alaska at the end of the month! It was an incredible experience and makes the list of my top vacation spots because of its atmosphere, wonder, and beauty. We’ll get to that more in later posts, but as always with cruises, we start with the introduction of the ship! To get to Alaska, we travelled round trip from Seattle, WA on the Norwegian Encore. NCL’s policies continue to be stringent and we were required to show proof of vaccination, get tested before traveling and upon arriving at the port, […]