John Muir, an American naturalist, once said,
“To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world."
Well, I wouldn’t consider myself a lover of wilderness. I prefer a comfortable hotel equipped with a coffee maker and soft pillows, but we found Alaska truly to be a wonderful country!
Hubby, some very good friends, and I just returned from an Alaskan cruise. After spending a couple of days in Seattle, we stepped aboard the BIG ship and sailed up the southeast coast of Alaska and then back down to Victoria, BC. All I can say is, what an amazing trip! You really can’t explain the majestic sites we saw. Neither will photos give it justice, but if you’ll allow me, I will try by sharing some of our highlights:
We enjoyed sunny days throughout our journey, including Seattle which is very rare. As you can see in the photo above taken from the Seattle Space Needle across the city skyscape, Mount Rainier was very visible and hubby was loving it!
I, on the other hand, was loving Pike Place Market. I have never seen so many different kinds of flowers in one place! And so inexpensive; $5 and $10 for a huge bouquet!
Next, we boarded the BIG SHIP – and big it was – a whole community within itself.
Snow-topped mountains bordered the sea in every direction.
One of the highlights of the trip happened early in the morning while cruising into Juneau. Sitting on our veranda drinking our morning coffee, we began to see mists of water spewing up from the sea right in front of us. Yes, WHALES! Hubby grabbed the camera and was able to get this shot of a humpback whale diving for his breakfast.
Be sure to check out all the other excursions at Susan's Outdoor Wednesdays!