A Wandering Photographer's Trip to Alaska
i love to travel. like a lot. i get that itch every time i drive by the airport. the desire to leave and experience a new city... typically i do road trips, or fly to said city, stay in an air bnb or crash at a friend's place when i can. i love trying all of the local vegan cuisine (vegancations!!) and taking in all of the mom & pop shops, museums, dive bars and just the overall energy of the city i'm visiting.
when my mom asked me if i was interested in going on a cruise to alaska my first answer was no. but then i found out my cousin and aunt were going too and i changed my mind because it's been years since i've seen them. when else am i going to visit alaska? i think if you want to see the rural parts of alaska, a cruise is the best way to do it. would i ever go on another cruise? probably not. i'm not saying cruises are bad, they just aren't for me. i think i'm a backpacker at heart.
day 1 - departing seattle
day 2 - day at sea
day two was a full day at sea. nothing much to do or see so there aren't many photos. honestly, i don't even remember what we did this day. lunch, dinner and a theatre show maybe?
day 3 - juneau, alaska
after kayaking i met up with my mom to go explore juneau a bit. port towns are basically filled with touristy stores and not much else. at least the cruise lines made them pretty! flower planters everywhere filled with gorgeous blooms.
day four - skagway, alaska
excursion: bike ride rainforest
we started the day with a quick walk around town. skagway was touristy but had some cute coffee spots and an actual grocery store. it wasn't all tourism although there were at least three ships docked in the port. one thing is certain, i need clean crisp mountain air in my life on a daily basis. ❤
for our excursion we headed by bus to klondike gold rush national park and toured the historic town of dyea. it was super interesting. if you're into history and care to read about dyea, here's a link to some history!
day five - glacier bay, alaska
day at sea
day six - ketchikan, alaska
excursion: totem tour
ketchikan was my favorite port! such a cute city with plenty to see and do. we took a tour at totem bight state historical park. it was really interesting and beautiful. can i just live in the trees please? here's some history for my fellow nerds (click here).
day seven - victoria, british columbia
excursion: butchart gardens
we got to victoria at 7pm and went to a butterfly garden and then butchart gardens. i was concerned about visiting a garden at night, but it ended up being pretty beautiful after all!
alaska was amazing. i'd go back again in a heartbeat to get closer to nature, breathe in the fresh mountain air and hang with all of the alaskan animals. i do believe this is my first and will be my last cruise... unless the cruise lines step it up and create vegan menus, i'm not really interested.
thank you to my mom for treating me to this once in a lifetime adventure. ❤