Sunday 8/4 was another long day at port – we got to Skagway at 8am and had to be back on board around 8pm again. We hadn’t made any plans so we were talking about what we wanted to do at our last port on the cruise. We talked about going Salmon fishing but apparently it’s not as good in Skagway as it is in some of the other areas of Alaska. We talked about doing a Jeep tour and a few other things but then we saw a tour where you go to Davidson Glacier and hike and kayak to the actual glacier. Mom decided to splurge and take us to do that. We had a couple hours to kill before the tour started and there wasn’t much in the town except for the obligatory jewelry and tourist shops so we found ourselves a trail. The trail led up to a pretty lake called Dewey Lake. We would have liked to go all the way around the lake but we didn’t have quite enough time so we just hiked to the lake, checked it out and headed back.
Monday 8/5 was another day at sea for some scenic cruising and after 3 busy days at port we were super glad to have a relaxing day. The big views for Monday was our cruise through Glacier Bay national park. We drove really slowly through the park, watching glaciers calve and watching whales and sea otters and birds. The coolest thing we got to see in Glacier Bay was a little bit of calving – where big chunks of ice fall off the glacier and splash into the water. We didn’t see any major pieces but it was pretty cool to see and hear the ice breaking off.
Monday was also our 2nd and last Formal night where we all got dressed up all perdy for dinner. They also had the best food for dinner that night - lobster and escargot and all sorts of fancy stuff, heehee.
Tuesday 8/6 we had a fairly lazy day at sea until we got to do some more scenic cruising in College Fjord. It was really neat to be able to see so many different glaciers at once in College Fjord but I wish we had been able to get a little bit closer. Below are pics from Glacier Bay & College Fjord
In case you missed it, here are the rest of the Alaskan vacation blog posts:
Part 1: Vancouver & Embarkation
Part 2: Ketchikan & Juneau
Part 3: Skagway & Scenic Cruising
Part 4: Denali National Park
Finale: Fairbanks & Going Home