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    Alaska | Glacier Discovery Train.

    Sunday, August 27 was our last full day in Alaska. We spent almost all of it aboard the Glacier Discovery Train, traveling from Anchorage to Whittier, back through Portage to Grandview and then back to Anchorage. We’d traveled some of these same tracks on Thursday (Seward to Anchorage), but on Sunday, we saw the landscape from the other direction and at a different time of day. It all seemed new! You can see from the map above that we had lots of mountain views. and it was all spectacular. I took nearly 100 photos that day, second only, I think to the whale watching day in Juneau. But unlike that…

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    Alaska | Denali Star to Talkeetna.

    Back in Alaska, it’s Friday, August 25 and we’re headed to Talkeetna aboard the Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star. The train left Anchorage at 8:15 am; we had to be at the depot at 7:15 to check in. We stopped for quick photo in front of the historic No. 1 engine (pretty good smiles for such an early morning!) This train offered GoldStar service – it’s awesome! There was one other group in the car with us; it almost seemed like our own private train. The ride to Talkeetna is just under three hours with one stop at Wasilla. It was a cloudy day, but the views were still spectacular. We enjoyed…

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    Alaska | Anchorage.

    If it’s Friday, this must be Alaska. Today’s travelogue is from Thursday, August 24 – the end of the cruise and the beginning of a long weekend in Anchorage. Our ship docked dark early in Seward and we boarded the train for Anchorage. from the Alaska Railroad website This was our first of three train trips on the Alaska Railroad; I can’t say enough good things about the company, the service, … and oh my goodness the views. The trip from Seward to Anchorage (via Girdwood) is about four hours and it’s fully narrated. yay for knitting and a full-service bar We planned to travel the Anchorage to Grandview route…

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    Alaska | Hubbard Glacier.

    Yippee – it’s Friday! In today’s installment of the Alaska Travelogue, it’s Wednesday, August 23. We travel to the Hubbard Glacier and celebrate my mom’s birthday and our last night on the ship. When we left off last week, leaving Sitka, the skies were blue and the air was warm. What a difference a night on the open sea makes! 6:20 am 6:40 a.m. A little over an hour later, the water was full of bergy bits and growlers. And by 8:00 am, we could see Hubbard Glacier. It’s huge (six miles wide and up to 400 feet tall)! We were still a few miles away here. Our ship stopped…

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    Alaska | Sitka.

    Yay! It’s Friday … which means another installment from the Alaska Travelogue. Today we’re going to travel back to Sitka, on August 22. It was another drizzly morning when we made our way into the harbor. This was the only port where we didn’t dock; the harbor isn’t big enough. That also means many of the big cruise ships don’t visit, so the town has a different vibe. Tourism is definitely still a major part of the economy, but it also seems more “normal”. It’s also incredibly picturesque. Here’s the harbor looking out from where our tender docked. Lydia, Steve and I opted for the Art Walking Tour. We started…

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    Alaska | Skagway.

    Back to Alaska! Monday, August 21 we docked in Skagway. We loved seeing the welcome sign from the White Pass and Yukon (railroad) Route – that was our #1 excursion and the only one all six of us did together. We docked late morning and the train wasn’t leaving until noon. I had time for leisurely cappuccino (one of many I enjoyed on the ship – I was more of a latté fan until the trip … I’m a cappuccino convert now!) By noon, the skies were clearing and the six of us were all smiles as we got underway. selfies when we’re all sitting down are much easier From…

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    Alaska | Juneau.

    Sunday, August 20, was “Juneau Sunday”. We docked mid-morning and – wearing all the knits – I was ready to go! We disembarked and quickly found a stranger to take our photo. I was surprised – given how chilly and un-sunny it was – to see so many summer flowers. Apparently they thrive in long, wet days. Lydia and I met up with our excursion – the photo safari, aka “Whales and Mendenhall Glacier”. Our tour guide was a professional photographer and Juneau native. There were only about a dozen of us on the tour which was wonderful; we all got personal attention. harbor where the whale watching began I…

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    Alaska | Ketchikan.

    Saturday, August 19, we docked in Ketchikan … and set foot in Alaska for the first time! It rained. Apparently, August, 2017 was one of the rainiest months Ketchikan has seen. ever. But it’s still pretty. I love how colorful the buildings are. This was our first official Alaska selfie. ♥ the lovely cowl that Kat knit for me A kind stranger saw that effort and offered to take our photo. (I still like the selfie better.) We chose a self-guided walking tour of town, intending to walk up to Creek Street and browse the shops. We did see Creek Street, but by this time we were getting cold and…

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    Alaska | The Beginning.

    …is always the best place to start, right? We all arrived in Vancouver at different times, but Thursday, August 17, we were there together. The cruise left that afternoon, so we had the morning free. After I wrote a quick blog post, I walked over to Stanley Park with Karen and Ron. It was a beautiful blue skies day and we had a gorgeous view of the city from the park. We boarded the ship just in time for lunch. That was the first of many (many!!) wonderful meals, but the only time I visited the “all you can eat” buffet for lunch. It was also the only lunch I…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | Travel Knitting.

    Remember when I posted a few weeks back about the knitting I had planned for the trip? I asked y’all to weigh in on how much of it I might actually finish … and Patty guessed right with “very little”! I did start 2nd Avenue on the plane and made it an inch or so into that first pink section before we landed. I also worked a little on Whiskyfied. 2nd Avenue saw a little more play time in Vancouver. Then Whiskyfied was the first project I pulled out on board. It was the morning of our first day at sea, and it was a little rough. In hindsight, a…