Today we are leaving for Alaska! First stop back home in Pennsylvania for a couple of days and then flying out of Pittsburgh on Sunday for a 12 day Alaskan cruise/land tour! Can’t believe it! This is Bossman’s big bucket list trip.
We fly into Seattle early Sunday morning and will have a whole day there. Bossman wants to go up the Space Needle and I’d like to check out Pike’s Place Market. We spend the night there and then Monday morning head out for Vancouver BC to catch the ship. The first day of cruising will be the Inside Passage, John Muir wrote the first time he sailed it, “Never before have I been embosomed in scenery so hopelessly beyond description tracing shining waves through fjord and sound, past forest and waterfall, islands and mountains.”! Exciting!
Then one day in Ketchikan, one day in Juneau, one day in Skagway. Then we cruise for two days through Glacier Bay National Park and then the Hubbard Glacier. Our cruising portion ends at Seward on day 9 and we travel up the Seward highway by motor coach to Anchorage stopping at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on the way. Once in Anchorage we will get a sightseeing tour of the city and spend the night there. We leave the next day for Denali via Talkeetna and Wasilla. We get to visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters near Wasilla. We’ve opted for a train ride from Talkeenta to Denali aboard the Alaska Railroad. We will cross Hurricane Gulch the longest bridge on the railroad just over 914 ft. and 296 ft. above Hurricane Creek and then onto Broad Pass, at 2,363 ft., it is the highest point on the railroad. We will spend the night in Denali National Park and the next day take a bus tour of the park. That evening we travel back to Anchorage for the night. The next day, the 29th, is the end of our tour but our flight out doesn’t leave until after midnight so we have lots of time to see Anchorage at our leisure. We’ve rented a car for the day and have several things lined up we want to do. Then the red-eye home, arriving back in Pittsburgh at 1:25 in the afternoon on the 30th. I will be a tired puppy! But I’ll have lots of adventures and pictures to share with you!
We won’t have wifi on the cruise so I have scheduled a few post for while we are gone. If I can from the hotel rooms I might post pictures! Talk to you later!