Trip to Alaska August 2013
Three generations of the Levy-Solomons clan
flew to Seattle for a one week round trip cruise to Alaska and British Columbia
aboard the Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas. A one way trip to Alaska
is more scenic but we did the round to simplify the logistics. The weather
is somewhat iffy in late August but we were blessed with fine days except the
sea days when we had mostly indoor activities anyway.
Margaret put John on a plane in Boston
while Pat, Lew and Andy flew by way of Houston. Fortunately all
flights arrived at the same time, although in different terminals. Andy went to
meet John at his gate and all connections worked.
Seattle is a beautiful city
especially on sunny days.
Our first port of call in Alaska was in the
state capital Juneau. Pat, Andy, and John went on an excursion to see
whales, followed by a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier.
Our second stop in Alaska was at Skagway.
Tourism has kept this city alive. Following the gold rush there was no
other reason for it to exist. The highlight of this part of Alaska is the
narrow gauge railroad trip to the gold fields across the border in the
Yukon. The ride is very scenic and the guide is very knowledgeable.
Heading south, we diverted for a few hours
by entering the Tracy Arm fjord. At the end of the fjord is a large
glacier that we traversed several times, affording everyone a good view.
The ship's crew did a good job of avoiding the large ice floes the were calving
off the terminus of the glacier.
It was pretty cold, but it was possible to
warm up in your cabin and see the glacier on the television.
Our final stop was in Victoria B.C. We
had an excellent tour of the city on a "Hippo" bus. This is a
combination tour bus and tour boat, leaving land and driving right into the
harbor. Victoria continues to be one of the world's most beautiful cities.
If you look closely at the right side of
this photo you can see another one of the Hippo boats.