North to Alaska

September 30, 2012

For our 40th wedding anniversary we traveled to Alaska on our first cruise.  We embarked from Vancouver on the Coral Princess sailing the inner passage.  The first port was Ketchikan which we found on a rare Sunny day.  Juneau was our next stop, the capital of Alaska by a quirk of fate.  While there we viewed the Mendenhall Glacier and cruised the Juneau area watching humpback whales, seals, and sea otters.

Next we stopped for the day at Skagway.  While there we rode a bus into the Yukon while viewing lots of wildlife – bears and bald eagles mostly.  Then we rode the Whitehorse and Yukon Road railway back to Skagway.

We disembarked the Coral Princess at Whittier Alaska and cruised into the interior on the Alaska Railway to Denali National Park.  While at the park experienced some great views of the Mountain (Mt. McKinley) and cooled off.  The low temperature one morning was 23 degrees while Texas was sweltering in 104 degree heat.

From Denali National Park we took a bus to McKinley Lodge which is 40 miles from the Mountain for a couple of days of viewing the Mountain, hiking, and relaxing.

Finally, we finished up the trip with 2 days in Anchorage and the surrounding area.

Included a couple of photos below and a link to more

More photos Link

Mt. McKinley from 40 miles (McKinley Lodge)

Glacier Bay NP Entrance

Ketchikan on a sunny day – very unusual

We found the end of the rainbow and it’s in Alaska