It was 4:30 a.m. on a quiet July morning. My family and I were traveling south towards Charleston, S.C. While it seemed that the world was still asleep, I was WIDE AWAKE! As I peered out of the window into the darkness, I could hardly contain my excitement about the pictures I could take while cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska! We arrived in hot and humid Charleston, flew to Seattle, Washington and boarded a ship for the “coolest” trip – literally.
As the enormous ship left the port a crackling sound came over the speakers, and an announcement was made that a buffet was set up on another deck. Well, that was the beginning of 5 days of eating as though we would never eat again! Just imagine dining rooms, snack bars, restaurants, and 24 hour buffets! There was gourmet food, burgers, desserts, and more. It was great! For 2 nights and a day we cruised as a naturalist pointed out wildlife along the breathtaking Inside Passage. As we neared the coast of Alaska, I went down to breakfast – yes a buffet – and was wearing Soffes and a t-shirt. It was freezing, so I got my food and ate in our cabin! Once we arrived in Skagway, our first stop, it really wasn’t that cold. Thank goodness! This was a native village where we took a train along the Yukon Route and learned about the Klondike gold rush. After some shopping, we headed back to the ship to eat again!
Our next stop was Juneau. Imagine my surprise stepping off of the ship and feeling the miserably cold, stinging rain and wind. My shorts and t-shirts just weren’t going to work in this cold, dreary weather, but a whale watching tour, thankfully, distracted me. We got to see humpback whales, and two even came so close to the small tour boat that we had to stop and wait until they finished their grand “show.” Seeing gigantic whales come up then disappear into the ocean made me realize what a small part of the world we are. Then we traveled to Ketchikan, and learned about the ancient culture of Alaska. While in this colorful town, I realized my camera battery was dead, and the charger was in S.C. – UGH! That evening we were treated to a salmon bake under the massive trees of Ketchikan.
While cruising we saw huge glaciers that were slowly melting and one quiet morning as I watched a small harbor seal floating on a tiny iceberg I had an overwhelming feeling in my heart to help save this beautiful and diverse part of the world. A guide pointed out the effects of global warming and even though I knew it existed, seeing what it had done really bothered me. I knew I had to learn more about preventing global warming. On the 5 hour flight back to S.C. all I could think about was the immense peace I felt while visiting such an undeveloped part of the U.S. It was an incredible trip. Oh yeah, if you decide to visit Alaska, check out www.princess.com, pack warm clothes and take your camera charger!
It was 12:30 a.m. on a quiet July morning. My family and I were traveling north towards Pawleys Island, S.C. While it seemed that the world was already asleep, I was WIDE AWAKE! ;As I peered out of the window into the darkness I could hardly contain my excitement about snuggling in my bed and dreaming of the “coolest” trip.
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