I don't even know how to explain how amazing this trip was. We decided that a cruise to Alaska would be the most convenient way to use our short time in this amazing state. And I'll admit I do love relaxing and getting pampered while someone else does the driving, and cooking, and yes cleaning too! We may have experienced Alaska the "touristy" way, but it felt completely authentic and special to me. Instead of visiting the typical attractions we tried to pick adventures that would get us out and really allow us to experience Alaska: snorkeling, rock climbing, kayaking and hiking.
One of the best features of the boat was that the view of Alaska was always changing. On several occasions my husband had to pull me off the balcony or wait patiently by himself at the dinner table while I dashed off to grab one more picture...just one more picture. I owe this whole trip and the crazy adventures we took to him. I am the luckiest woman not only because I have the most loving attentive romantic husband around, but he is also willing to deal with his extreme fear of flying so that I could visit one of the most beautiful places on earth on the exact day I was born 30 years ago. And we are forever thankful to our amazing family who graciously watched our two boys while we were away. I almost feel as though I am writing an acceptance speech....alright onto the pictures!
Yes we went snorkeling in Alaska - No it wasn't cold - and yes that wet suit was very hard to move in! It was definitely an experience.
My new favorite food - Dungeness Crab! Now all I have to do is find these in New Jersey.
That fish jumping on the side of my husband is a salmon. They jumped and skipped out of the water everywhere. The two of us kayaked for three hours with a local guide who has lived in Alaska his whole life. It was our most favorite day of the whole trip.
The forests were massive, unlike any I have ever seen before. I'll admit I went a little crazy over photographing the mushrooms.
My very first time rock climbing and I made it all the way to the top (please pardon the view of my butt) Below is the awesome view that awaited me at the top of the climb.
One of the highlights of our trip was a boat ride through the Prince William Sound to see the Surprise Glacier. It was the most beautiful clear day and we got to see so much wildlife. And even a few chances of some calving ice.
Yeah that is a Glacier Ice Margarita in my hand. They scooped the ice right out of the water and broke it up. I was first to grab a drink (My husband who doesn't drink actually asked for some ice to put into his coffee...glacier iced coffee, SWEET!)
Just a few shots of all the amazing food that we ate while on the boat. I probably gained 10 pounds but it is all happy weight. Because who wouldn't be happy eating such wonderful meals that someone else prepared and cleaned up for you (oh the little things that make a Mommy happy).
My afternoons were spent sitting on my balcony sipping wine and soaking in every beautiful view. The flowers were from my husband. They were waiting for me in my room on my birthday along with some new jewelry to wear to dinner that night. He definitely knows how to spoil a girl.
On a huge boat full of people I always marveled at how there weren't many people that would venture out onto the upper decks.
Just to give a perspective, this picture above was actually taken at 11:00 PM. The sun would set but the light would continue to linger as the clouds slowly moved over the landscape.
Hope you enjoyed a little view of what I saw and tried to photograph in all its beauty and splendor. Getting back into blogging after being away for so long hasn't been easy. But I am still looking forward to all the food and fun ahead. I haven't wasted anytime getting my hands into some new projects, but I must admit that I am still having issues with getting my dishes done!