Our vacation to Alaska
7/11 early flight from LA to Vancouver
We loved Vancouver. It felt like a big city but it was small enough to see everything in two days on foot. We spent the first day walking the coastal trail and Stanley Park. We recommend our B&B, the Urban Hideaway if you are ever in Vancouver. We loved it!
We walked and took the ferry to the Granville Public Market. We wished we had found it the day before because of all the yummy food that called to us from the stands. We bought picnic fixings and then headed toward the cruise terminal for an al fresco lunch. Then it was on board the Sapphire Princess, our home for the next week.
We ate delicious food and challenged everyone in Trivia. The DeClercq family, all 9 of us were a Trivia force to be reckoned with.
We went on a self-guided walking tour of our least favorite stops on the cruise. It was a little too touristy for our tastes. But it was our first step of Alaskan soil on the cruise.
Mendenhall Glacier and its neighboring waterfall were our first stop. It was beautiful and COLD. We also rode a funicular up the face of the mountain for beautiful views of the Bay.
We took a bus tour across the Canadian border into the Yukon Territory. Around every corner was another breathtaking view. The moutains were covered in snow, the lakes were sparkling, everything shouted God's glory.
7/17 Glacier Bay
We waited breathlessly for the glacier to calve (a big chunk to fall off into the water below with a great boom and splash) but we waited in vain.
7/18 College Fjord
The Alaska we had been hoping for. Glacier after glacier. Snow and ice and mountains everywhere you looked. It was beautiful. We ordered hot cocoa to be delivered to the room and watched the glaciers in style.