I have always enjoyed traveling, even if it meant sleeping in a tent when I was younger. I prefer hotels and cruise cabins now, but the motivation is the same...an adventure waiting to happen. Sometimes you will find me traveling with my husband and/or family. Sometimes I will travel alone, and sometimes I will travel with friends. I hope you find it entertaining to keep up to date with me as I explore the world around me. Warning...I like to take pictures of food so don't read if you're hungry. More adventures await...see ya soon...Amy.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sapphire Princess Alaskan Cruise: Skagway

On our van trip, about the only direction that we could see was down at the Skagway River

White Pass and Yukon train

Pitchfork Falls

Pitchfork Falls

Tormented Valley-the Inuksuits (Inuksuks is the singular) were once created by the Inuits, the first people to inhabit Alaska. They served as hunting and navigation points, coordination points, and indicators.

with the fog in the air, this place was almost creepy

I made my own Inuksuk (on the left)

Danny found some wild blueberries

the wild blueberries were really tart

Bridal Veil Falls

downtown Skagway

Our lunch spot

Of course I found a cupcake shop!

The Red Onion Saloon was once Skagway's most exclusive Bordello

Arctic Brotherhood Hall, home of a fraternal group founded by gold seekers on their way to the Klondike.

the most interesting thing about the Arctic Brotherhood Hall is that the front is completely covered in driftwood

White Pass and Yukon Railroad stops right in front of our ship

walking toward out ship

we always had other boats with us while in port

we walked around the ship and found this employee taking a break. we think he works in the kitchen.

the equivalent to the "black box recorder" on a plane.

we think the fake turbo engines on top are kind of funny

We found another pool on the back of the boat. This one is adults only

the rockface alongside our boat is covered with painted badges. They are a tribute to every boat that has come in port and the captain's name.

we were glad that we were on the boat already when we looked down and found this line waiting to get on.

Twice Baked Goat's Cheese Souffle

Potato Gnocchi with Roasted Portabello

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Baked Chicken Breast

Sea Scallops

Dessert Menu

Raspberry Panna Cotta, Warm Apple Crumble, and Chocolate Marquis

Sampler of tiny cookies

Goodbye Skagway
Danny and I got up early this morning and spent a little time in the gym. Mom and Dad went to the International Dining Room for breakfast instead of the buffet and sat at a table with two other couples. They had a great time at breakfast. We went to the restaurant a little later. We had a bus tour scheduled this morning to take us to the Klondike Summit. We met on the pier at 10:15 and boarded our tour bus. Unfortunately, as we climbed in elevation, the fog that we had noticed this morning became thicker and thicker so that we couldn’t see anything! Our tour guide was a lot of fun and had a lot to tell us, so it wasn’t all bad. If we ever do this again, we know to go after lunch. We came back down the Mountain and ate lunch at The Sweet Tooth Cafe. It was really good. Mom has been craving “real” ice cream and we found a shop in town that served Dreyers so she and dad got their “fix”. I had heard about a cupcake shop in town and it was on my list to check it out. Sugar Mamas, as it is called, was low on stock, but Danny and I got a Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting and it was pretty good. Danny left us at this point to head toward the end of town and find a trailhead to the Lower Reid’s Falls. He thought it would be a really short hike, but it ended up being two miles long. Mom, Dad, and I wandered in and out of shops. Mom and I bought so Quivit yarn. The fiber for the yarn is collected from the undercoat of the Musk Ox here in Alaska. It is very soft and supposedly seven times warmer than wool. It is very very expensive and we got a very small amount, enough to make a small scarf. We went back to the ship when we were tired of walking around. Danny met us back at the entry point to get on the ship. I really enjoyed dinner this evening in the dining room. It was all very good. After dinner, we caught the early show of the comedian. He was really funny. The crowd was a little skimpy which I think affected his routine somewhat. We went back to our rooms after the show and watched the boat push away from the dock and head away from Skagway. We had hoped that we would leave early enough that we could see some of the scenery on the way out. The sun set and it was overcast and neither of those were a good combination to view the beautiful waterfall that we knew we were missing. When it was just too dark to see anything at all, we went down to the coffee shop and got coffee and dessert. Danny and I will be up around 5:15 in the morning to join the Naturalist on board to watch for whales as we enter Glacier Bay.

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