Although travel isn’t possible at present and indeed most of us will be staying close to home for some considerable time to come, it’s still nice to reminisce and perhaps dare to dream of some future trips. With this in mind I thought I’d get caught up with a past trip that I never finished writing up – our month-long travels in Western Canada and Alaska in August 2018.
I left us sailing somewhere up the Inside Passage off NW America where our last port of call was Ketchikan. For a recap of the trip so far see here for our Canadian Travels and here for the US travels.
We sailed overnight from Ketchikan and woke the following morning to a typically grey, misty Alaskan day as we approached our next port of call, Juneau. The Alaskan state capital nestles on the shores of the Gastineau Channel, a narrow inlet that divides the town from Douglas Island on the opposite side. Somehow the large cruise boats ease their way through the waters to dock at the quay. Part-shrouded in cloud with wooded hills sloping down to the channel interspersed with rocky ravines and waterfalls, Juneau has a haunting beauty.
Like Ketchikan we hadn’t pre-booked any tours on the boat so disembarked after breakfast with no particular plans in mind. We were greeted with a row of booths and stalls set up along the quayside all advertising local excursions, activities and potential shopping trips. In the end we found ourselves hurriedly booked onto a shortly-departing whale watching tour, which turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences of our life! I will save that excursion for next week’s post as it really deserves to stand alone.
In the meantime here are a selection of photos taken around Gastineau Channel and the departure quay for the small whale-watching boat.
It’s been enjoyable sorting through these old travel photos and appreciating all the places we have been able to visit over the years. I know the small communities in Alaska, which rely so heavily on the tourism industry, must be going through really difficult times right now. The season is so short too – just from May to August for cruises.
Sending virtual hugs and best wishes to all the wonderful people we met on our travels up in this beautiful part of the world.
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