A Seat for a Crab??

Hmmm? A crab chair? Not what I was expecting, but way better. There’s a former lodge in Ketchikan, Alaska known as George Inlet Lodge where they’ll serve you Dungeness crab and a delicious glass of red ale that, sadly, can’t be bought in the Lower 48. You’re then treated to a boat ride to a crab trap to get up close and personal with some crabs. Part of that includes getting pictures of one of the crabs on a chair designed just for him (or maybe her?).

A Taste of Alaska

I recently spent a week, along with my mom, brother and sister-in-law, getting a taste of Alaska on board the Eurodam, a Holland America cruise ship. The ship itself was wonderful, but the little bits and pieces of Alaska that we experienced were enough to whet my appetite for a full-on trip to the state.

This cruise went from Seattle to Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait Point, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC and then back to Seattle.

A Puppy Hamster Wheel??

This puppy-sized hamster wheel at the dog sled camp in Juneau is brilliant! We had a Brittany at one point that would have lived in this contraption. We took a fast, wheeled ride behind a full team of Alaskan Huskies, followed by an informative talk about the sport. The best part was the ride but playing with the puppies was a close second.

Beautiful Raptors

Sitka found us on a Tribal Tours bus with Carl, our guide and driver, and an avid fisherman and former oil industry employee. Carl treated us to an informative ride to the Alaska Raptor Center, where we met Hannah and Qigiq, a Snowy Owl, one of their animal ambassadors. The center and Hannah are featured on Alaska Animal Rescue. We finished Sitka with a tour of the Sitka National Historic Park and a Tlingit native dance performance. And a long wait in the famous Alaska rain for a shuttle back to the boat.

Wrong Answer

Mom’s favorite part of the trip was time spent with family. The rest of us clearly got that answer wrong when we said John Hopkins Glacier. Oh well, next time I’ll know the right answer.

Little Jewel

Icy Strait Point was a little jewel. After a recommendation from our waiter, we took the green gondola up the mountain and wandered through the rain forest trail. This little jewel is located in the Tlingit Village of Hoonah and can only be accessed by cruise ship or flying into Hoonah. The one thing we missed that I won’t skip next time was the world’s largest ziprider.

Lights and Flowers

Our last stop before Seattle was the city of Victoria, British Columbia. We didn’t have near enough time to enjoy this beautiful city, but the flowers and lights are a can’t miss.

Flying Fish

And, of course, no trip to Seattle would be complete without a visit to Pike Place Market. Flowers and flying fish. Need I say more?

Thanks, Mom, for your bucket list request! I can’t wait to go back to Alaska!