Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Eagle Bay

 To continue our Alaskan kayaking adventure, we finally ventured out on to the waters of Eagle Bay.
 We were lucky that it was such a calm and warm day. Heading out to our destination, Scout Beach, we saw this to the right:
 This to the left:
 And this straight ahead.
 Paddling for all we were worth, after about 30 minutes, we made it to our destination, Scout Beach!
Time for a rest and a snack!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Land Kayaking

For our kayaking adventure we unloaded the trailers at a spot called Aamalga Harbor. Beautiful place.
 We donned our "splash skirts."
 Sam and Annie helped fit the pedals inside the kayaks to the right length. Thus, "Land Kayaking."
 After the fitting, the kayaks were hauled to the launching point.
 The dock was covered with the most interesting barnacles and shell creatures.
 Next: we actually make it into the water. :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gearing Up

Our first Alaska shore excursion was a kayak trip. We met our guides, Sam and Annie, (Salmon Annie), and loaded ourselves into a van that took us to their shop, a ways up the road from the port at Juneau.
 At the shop we all put on fashionable rubber boots.
 We signed our lives away,
And loaded up the kayaks.
 We were all pretty excited to get kayaking.
 Bruce did his requisite pose, and we were off on our adventure!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Harbor In Juneau

The first day of our cruise was spent at sea. In a fog bank. Sometimes we could glimpse land a long way off, but most of the time it was just fog and water. Our ship sounded it's fog horn, and that was pretty cool. On Monday morning, we pulled into the harbor in Juneau. Land!
 We were escorted in by the Coast Guard and their machine gun.
 Thick pine trees covered the hills and mountains around Juneau.
 We disembarked and were on to our first adventure- kayaking! Bruce was eying this fishing boat in the harbor.
 It was nice to be back on land!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Come Sail Away

Last week we were lucky enough to go on a cruise to Alaska! Bruce's mom is turning 80 on her birthday and she wanted to go on a trip together. So, with her help, Bruce's brother and sisters, along with their spouses and mom's cousin, enjoyed a great cruise together. We started in Seattle.
Bruce and I drove all day Friday and Saturday morning to be at the pier on time. It was a fun drive! We all met at the ship- the Golden Princess.
 Here's our official boarding photo:
From the pier we had amazing views of the Seattle skyline.
 We were all up on deck as we pulled out of the harbor.
 We took a lot of pictures and pointed out the sites for each other.
 From our room balconies, we watched the Puget Sound float by.
 And we saw a beautiful sunset.
 Then we went to dinner and ate ourselves silly. :)