It’s another vacation post.
Because…that’s all I have to talk about right now 🙂 .
If you missed my first two posts, my family headed to Seattle and then on an Alaskan cruise last week and had the time of our lives. You can catch PART ONE and PART TWO before you read this one or you can jump right in. On Day five, we got off the ship in Alaska for the first time and it was BEAUTIFUL!!
Like seriously, after this trip, I pick Alaska as the prettiest of all the states. It. Is. Gorgeous!
We woke up early and the ship was at port here in Ketchikan, Alaska. This is looking off of our balcony.
Not a bad view from our cabin, right?
My dad and I were so ready to get off the ship and explore!! And this sweatshirt was so comfy and cute! I had it layered with my favorite tanks and never wanted to take it off. It comes in so many other colors too.
We got off the ship and hit the town!
A look back at our ship.
Our family didn’t always do everything together. In fact, that was one of the best parts about cruising with a large group…we could all do what we wanted and then meet back up later. There were several days when I didn’t see some family members until dinner (and one day, I didn’t see my cousin and her family at all!). On this day, my aunt, uncle, cousin and her family did a boat excursion through the Alaskan fjords instead of town, so we didn’t see them until later that night. Cruising gave everyone options to do what they wanted but also united us at the end of the day on board.
When in Ketchikan, you better watch out for bears.
Too cool for school.
The weather was cold and crisp (with a little drizzle) and the city was beautiful!
Loving our time on land!
A girl and her moose. Side note, we saw so many bald eagles in Alaska. It was crazy to me! Other than at a zoo, I’d never seen a bald eagle before but you could always spot several at all of our ports.
We got coffee and hot chocolate as we enjoyed the town that morning. And we split an apple fritter because…why not?
Madeley was thrilled when we stuck Samuel there for a minute 🙂 .
Getting six people to all look at the same place and smile is next to impossible.
We had purchased tickets in advance to watch their local lumberjack show that morning and it was fun for the whole family!
This right here is why we needed to take this trip. My grandmother and her great granddaughter. These are precious and priceless memories.
We loved the lumberjack show!
Who wouldn’t love lumberjacks?!
After the show, we had THE BEST lunch next to the water! I had the salmon chowder with one piece of fried cod and it was SO GOOD!
Lunch with a view!
Aunt Shay and Samuel. His face is killing me here! Ha!
We loved you Ketchikan!
We had to be back on board the ship that afternoon, so Kensington and I went to get coffee and hot tea before heading back to our cabins. We also got each of us a macaroon 🙂 .
I sat on our balcony reading while watching us sail out of Ketchikan.
We had a family dinner that night at the steak restaurant on board. I’m wearing that same old dress that I wear basically every day :). I brought the navy version on this trip (but you know how much I love my black version too!). Ha! Best. Dress. Ever. With these heels and these earrings.
This girl melts me.
Every. Single. Time.
Dinner shenanigans at the steak restaurant! I ordered their fish special and it was so good! I’ve never had better fish than this vacation. Hands down, without a doubt, the BEST fish I’ve ever had!
After dinner, I played some cards with my peeps until…
…we watched Sean and Catherine play the Newlywed Game. It was HYSTERICAL!
Kensington was always so excited to see what towel animal would be left in her cabin. (The kids shared one cabin and then Andrew and I took the adjoining one.)
The next morning…
…we loaded up in the elevator and headed into Juneau!
The capital city did not disappoint! We got off early enough to eat breakfast in town.
Strolling behind my family and taking in the city on our way to find a breakfast spot.
We ate at the coziest little local cafe. A congressman was exiting as we were leaving…it was all so quaint and charming! (And speaking of cozy, you can find my cozy fleece top HERE.)
These two are IN LOVE!
I could watch them all day long!
After breakfast, Ashby helped Uncle Seanie push Samuel as we explored Juneau.
And then we found this little shop where they hand-make everything. This hat was a MUST! She did not want to take it off the entire trip! One time, I even caught her wearing it with her pajamas.
We decided to take the Mount Roberts Tramway up way high to the top. It was HIGH!
Up we go in the tram!
When your ship looks tiny, you know you’re high up!
Still going up in the tram!
Whoa! Beautiful view from the top! They had a great visitor’s center up there, a documentary theater, live music, trails (watch out for bears!) and more!
Ashby was clearly more interested in something else 😉 .
We had fun at the top and then headed back down.
We stopped for coffee and hot chocolate because…isn’t that what you’re supposed to do when it’s like 48 degrees outside?
The view looking into the coffee shop. Love my family.
A girl and her hat.
Juneau was fantastic! We enjoyed strolling the streets, going in and out of the shops and the food.
It started raining right when we were ready to board the ship. One last family pic in Juneau!
The ship started sailing and I took this girl to an art class.
She had seen this little class the day before and sat there watching them paint for an hour. So, we signed her up for this day. She was so excited!!!
I was so proud of Kensington! She was by far the youngest one in there and she did an amazing job!
We’re going to hang it in her room 🙂 .
She was so proud!
That evening at 5:00, the captain told us he would sail right up to a big glacier, so we grabbed a table for appetizers and watched the excitement.
Oh my word…the icebergs! They were HUGE!
Appetizers with a view and my favorite crew.
These pics do not do it justice. The icebergs were so big and then look at the glacier! Isn’t it gigantic?!
That is a glacier.
And that is a seal asleep on an iceberg 🙂 .
After our appetizers, we ate dinner in the main dining room again with the fam and then attended that evening’s show.
It was another wonderful end to a great day!
Happy happy happy Friday, friends!
Love you all!