Monday, August 31, 2015

Ice Love

One of the highlights of the cruise for the grownups was seeing Tracy Arm, Alaska, and the gorgeous glacier tucked in that area. We took hours to move slowly through the narrow passage, and seeing the first iceberg chunks in the water was so exciting. As we got closer, their number increased until we were in full sight of the glacier. Spectacular.

The captain of our ship, Captain Fabian, was so incredibly personable, and we were told that he always lowers a metal basket over the side of the ship to 'catch' a piece of ice so the kids can have a first-hand view of a piece of a glacier. Checking out the frozen air bubbles was so cool. 

I still miss Alaska and its beauty. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Panning for Gold

Our second half of the train trip in Skagway took us to a small operation for gold panning. It was a somewhat cheesy set-up of a mining town with locals dressed up and acting as hillbilly as could be. We all got pans and set to work finding gold flakes in the troughs, which was not an easy task. I was certain the kids would get frustrated quickly, but we wound up having to drag them out of there to get back on the bus and onto the boat. Our girl loves her gems, so having the chance to pan for gold was a big treat for her.

Walking back to the boat gave us a chance to use the beautiful Alaskan wilderness to do some parkour training. Love that her look is so Alaskan. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Skagway Adventures

Our first port of call on the cruise was Skagway, Alaska. The town is tiny, even by Alaska standards, with about 860 people living there. We booked an excursion to go on the White Pass railway, taking us on a beautiful train ride up the mountains into B.C. It was stunning, but Sojo didn't really have any thoughts about it at all.

She slept the entire train ride, as per usual with trains and boats and her. The terrain was this sparsely beautiful tundra, and the town of Skagway was just what I pictured an Alaskan town to be. My love for Alaskan wilderness was growing by the second. 

We were so fortunate to have sunny days during our entire trip, and Skagway was no exception. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Disney Cruise to Alaska

Our big adventure this summer was a cruise to Alaska with most of Dale's family. We chose Disney as it gave us tons of fun for the kids, and the adults got to soak in the absolute beauty that is Alaska. It was such an amazing trip for all of us.

One of the many highlights was having the kids dress up for dinner. Sojo wanted a costume from Maleficent, so we grabbed one at a party store right before we left. She looked adorable, and it's been so long since she has worn a dress that she forgot how hard it is to move in one.

We were spoiled rotten on the cruise with delicious meals and lovely servers who made everything feel extra special. Sojo discovered steak on this trip, and her very favorite was filet mignon! Seriously, how do you get back to real life after a week of that? Another new thing was Shirley Temples with her cousins. Steak and Shirley Temples were on the menu just about every night. 

We grown-ups ate like royalty as well, but it was hard to get us off our balcony with all that great scenery. Truly spectacular sights.