So, a few weeks ago, we were so blessed to go on a cruise to Alaska with my family. The whole group included Brent and I, Mom, Dad, Nick, Steven, and both sets of grandparents. I had a friend point out that I am in a lucky place in life right now, where I am able to spend quality time with my husband, immediate family, and grandparents. What a blessing! There will be lots of pictures here, simply because it's a trip with stories that I don't want to forget. This is just a small glimpse of the incredible trip we had!
We flew to Seattle, Washington, where we had an evening and morning to spend in Seattle before the ship left.
|Saturday night we walked to the Space Needle|
|Sunday morning we walked to the Seattle Public Market. It's a huuuuuge local market with so much fresh food! Such a cool place! We also had the most delicious fresh fruit smoothies ever while we were there.|
|We set sail to Alaska on the Norwegian Pearl|
|We saw lots of waterfalls along the coast!|
|Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, AK|
|The gorgeous waterfall next to the glacier|
|It was chilly!|
|There were even icebergs floating near the glacier! And they were all an amazing turquoise blue since they came from the glacier (it has something to do with the crystalline structure, I think).|
|This friendly bear cub is apparently a regular at the salmon bakes. He was after the marshmallows!|
|Toasting marshmallows . . . yum!|
|I wish I had gotten a picture of the whole family, but Brent did catch part of us while we were sipping hot chocolate!|
|Grandpa also found a new friend in this giant Alaskan husky. This picture is priceless. :)|
|We saw the most amazing scenery along this train ride, I can't even describe it! Alaska is gorgeous.|
|Brent made a friend in Liarsville. :)|
|Yep, that's us in front of glacier. Crazy!|
|Did I mention that it was super cold?|
|I love this photo. It shows how eerily vast, yet peaceful the landscape was. It was breathtaking.|
|I had to steer, since I was in the back. Steven accused me of not paddling though, since he couldn't see me behind him. But I would never do such a thing! ;)|
|Native meeting house with totem poles|
|This is a lighthouse. I love how the sky looks in this picture.|
|Another incredible picture that Brent took. The sky and clouds look simply amazing behind the mountain.|
|Apparently, Sasquatch makes his home in Ketchikan, AK. Who knew?|
One of our favorite pastimes while on the ship was playing Bingo. While we didn't win anything, we still had a fun time! Mom almoooooost won the jackpot on the last day!
|Ladies lookin' good! :)|
We continued to head south to our last stop of the trip, which was Victoria, British Columbia, in Canada. It was a beautiful city. We didn't have a lot of time so we just walked along the streets admiring everything.
|This is a beautiful, old hotel, called The Empress.|
|I love this photo of the capital building. Doesn't it look almost whimsical with the carriage and lights?|
If you ever get the chance to go to Alaska, go.