Our other 2 ports we stopped at on our honeymoon cruise to Alaska were Skagway and Ketchikan.
In Skagway we went on a jet-boat tour of the Haynes River Bald Eagle Preserve. The jet-boat was really cool. It maneuvered like an airboat and could go in very shallow water, but felt (and sounded) like you were in a regular engine boat.
We saw a ton of bald eagles, mostly females. The females have hatched the eaglets and have returned to hunting for their meals.
The one male we did see had taken the female’s place on the nest to stay with the eaglets.
We spied this yearling moose munching on some green grass. She was quite interested in us but didn’t stay around long.
We also got to see the most wild trumpeter swans I’ve ever seen in one place. Their heads and necks were dyed a rust color from all the iron in the waters they feed in. Didn’t see any cygnets though.
One of the coolest parts of this trip was watching mountain goats through scopes! I didn’t think I’d get to see my first mountain goat in this trip so that was a great surprise!
Between Skagway and Ketchican, our ship visited Glacier Bay where we got to see some glacier calving action (where a big chunk of ice falls into the sea)!
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day.
We got to watch a couple of big brown bears sunning themselves on the rock face.
The Johns Hopkins Glacier was the biggest glacier I’ve ever seen!
That evening we watched more sea lions and SEA OTTERS(!) out and about in front of the ship!
The next day we arrived in Ketchikan, Alaska where we went through the museum at the visitor’s center and did some shopping.
I came home with a shearling aviator and D came home with a beaver fur Russian-style hat (he used to trap nuisance beavers back home in Arkansas (and looks darn good in a big Russian hat!)).
That afternoon we went salmon fishing. The method they used was called down-rigging and I’d never seen that before. All of our poles were set up together but the down-rigger kept the lines from getting tangled. Unfortunately we didn’t even get a bite but it was a nice day on the water, if a little chilly for me.
On our last day at sea on the cruise ship, D and I entered into the Newlywed/Marriage game and… WE WON! I couldn’t believe it! We’d been married for a week and were up against a couple married for 30 years and a couple married for 45 years! We won on the bonus question- what’s the craziest place you’ve ever ‘gotten romantic?’ The other couples had a lot more history and didn’t guess each other’s answer. Our answer was obvious- a cruise ship! We enjoyed our free bottle of champagne that night as we sailed back to Vancouver.