Let me preface this blog by saying that my husband and I have five kids, so we’re sort of a small roving band of fun seekers. Anywhere we go together is nothing short of memorable. This made narrowing my choice down to a single vacation a challenge. How-e-ver, I’m not one to back down from a challenge. The vacation being honored here is our cruise to Alaska in June 2017.
This was our first cruise ever, and the 49th state became a journey of discovery. Vancouver was our departure point and the first discovery we made was that taking a family photo in customs is <ahem> frowned upon. Needless to say, I won’t be sharing that photo but here’s a nice picture of the lovely city of Vancouver from the stern of the ship for your viewing pleasure. (Lots of seaplanes!)
Our second discovery was Annabelle’s Famous Keg and Chowder House in Ketchikan. Just, wow! Best meal we had all trip, and we had a lot of great meals. I highly recommend the coconut shrimp. We also discovered that you can snorkel in Alaska and that it’s not as cold as you might think.
In Juneau we discovered that the only way to access the capital city is by sea or air. There are no roads in or out of Juneau because it’s surrounded by glaciers, and glaciers…well, they move which makes building road on them difficult. This is one of my most favorite pictures from the trip. It was taken in the mountains above Juneau. Makes me think of the Swiss Alps.
Other discoveries included the joys of celebrating Father’s Day and two birthdays at sea. Also, our two youngest discovered that the dreaded, to-be-avoided-at-all-costs “teen center” is actually a place to make life-long friends from around the world. I’m happy to say that they are still in contact with many of them.
For the entire 7-day trip I had hoped to see at least one pod of Orcas, something I’ve never seen despite all the time I’ve spent in the Pacific Northwest. On the second to last day I discovered that Orcas only show up when I’m in line to purchase the thumb-drive of our cruise pictures. My kids told me all about it over dinner—and none of them took pictures. <sigh>
I could go on and on about our discoveries, but since I’m not writing a novel here I’ll wrap this up with our final discovery: As fun as it was to take a cruise, we probably will not do it again. Not because it was a terrible experience—it wasn’t—but because the best parts of the trip were when we were exploring the natural beauty of Alaska on land. The next time we go to the 49th state, we’ll cruise the paved roadways and dirt hiking trails and make more favorite memories.
About Lea Kirk
USA Today Bestselling Author Lea Kirk loves to transport her readers to other worlds with her science fiction romance Prophecy series (Prophecy, All of Me, Salvation, and Collision). She’s made one foray into paranormal with her Kindle World vampire novella, Made for Her.
When she not busy writing, she’s hanging out with her wonderful hubby of twenty-eight years, their five kids (aka, the nerd herd), and a spoiled Dobie mix pup.
(PS-This picture was taken by a photographer aboard the cruise ship!)