Honeymoon Pt 2

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.

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Honeymoon

On May 28, 2011, D and I got married!! Our ceremony and reception were in my hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Then on May 30 we flew to Vancouver for a few days. On June 1 we got on a cruise ship and headed for Alaska!!

Vancouver was so fantastic. We spent the day on the trolley which went through just about every neighborhood and Stanley Park.


(Lord Stanley is a Canuk’s fan!)

The totem poles in Stanley Park were the highlight of our visit.

Vancouver is beautiful, I loved it. It was my first time in Canada.


(the Vancouver skyline as seen from Stanley Park)

We cruised on Holland America and our first port was Juneau!


(the Mendenhall Glacier)

In Juneau we got to go on a whale/wildlife watching cruise! It was my FAVORITE part of our entire honeymoon. We saw humpback whales, brown bears, harbor seals and bald eagles. The best part was seeing a Stellar sea lion haul-out (where they come out of the water to rest and warm up)!!


(humpback whale)


(momma brown bear on Admiralty Island, home of the highest concentration of brown bears in North America)


(Stellar Sea Lions)

We got to watch the harem bull sea lion break up a scuffle and oversea his harem.

And we ended the day by getting a special treat. A humpback whale came up right next to our boat and spent quite a long time slapping its pectoral fin on the surface! It was awesome!! The guides said they’ve only seen this behavior once before on their tours. I used my FlipCam from TakeMeFishing.org‘s National Boating and Fishing Day contest to get a couple of quick videos (the quality was lost when I put them up on youtube):

We also had a salmon fishing trip in Ketchikan but I don’t have any video from that trip cause we didn’t even get a bite 😦 But that’s why they call it fishing and not catching…