Happy Friday everyone! Today I’m sharing the final two stops on our Alaska adventure. After our scenic cruising through the Tracy Arm Fjord, we had two days left aboard the cruise with two short stops. Our first port we arrived at was Ketchikan, AK. We docked early that morning and had until noon that day to explore the area. We chose to book an all-you-can-eat crab and crabbing excursion. We disembarked from the boat and boarded a tour bus that took us on a thirty minute ride to the George Inlet Lodge.
We had two tour groups of about fifty individuals completing the tour. One tour group boarded the two small boats to begin their crabbing experience while the other half (our tour group) walked over to the lodge to enjoy our all-you-can-eat dungeness crab legs. We walked into the lodge and were seated with three other individuals from the cruise ship. After a short presentation on how to peel and eat the crab legs, we were off to dig into our large pile. The skills my mom gained from all the Saturday nights of eating crab legs in Louisiana finally paid off as she helped an older gentleman make his way through the cracked shells. Needless to say, it was enjoyable experience to see others dig the meat out of the tiny shells. And those crab legs were absolutely DELICIOUS! We finished the meal with a small piece of cheesecake before heading out of the lodge onto the deck.
After our meal, the tour groups swapped and we boarded the boats to venture out on our crabbing experience. We had a small group of around twenty as we set off on the water. As we began the boat ride, our group spotted so many bald eagles and nests in the area. Everywhere you turned you could see bald eagles flying. We also spotted two or three orca whales in the area as we made our way to the crab traps. Now I have no idea how I got to be the lucky one chosen, but I just happen to be the one that got to pull the crab trap out of the water that day. Let’s just call that my morning work out for the day as that trap was not easy to pull out.
We ended the tour with one last encounter with the wildlife. As we were finishing with the crabbing experience our tour guide spotted Gertrude, a local bald eagle of the area. She must have known our tour guide well because as he threw a fish in the water she immediately swooped from the trees into the water to grab it. For me it was perfect because I love the photographs I caught from her flight experience.
After our crabbing experience, we headed back to the dock in Ketchikan, boarded our cruise ship, and set sail for Canada. That night on the cruise ship we enjoyed our second formal dinner with dining on lobster and finishing the meal with delicious chocolate mousse for dessert. Later the next day, we arrived in Canada to enjoy a late afternoon/night excursion with tea at the Empress Hotel.
We arrived in Canada around 6:00 p.m. that night and left the ship with a little over 4 hours to enjoy the area of Victoria. We boarded our tour bus and met our guide who provided us with a thirty minute tour of the city prior to dropping us off at the Empress Hotel to enjoy tea. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this excursion… I guess for it to be less exciting than the other excursions we had experienced just because it was tea. But, truthfully this was a really fun night. If you have ever met mother you know she has never met a stranger. And sure enough as we boarded the tour bus she made friends with a few New Yorkers who just happened to welcome us to their table at the Empress Hotel, which led to a very entertaining night. Hearing their accents and their stories of New York plus their takes on the cruising experience kept us entertained for the hour and a half we were there. We dined on small sandwiches of chicken salad, cucumber, and salmon as we sipped hot tea from our glasses and laughed as we exchanged stories of our week at sea. We finished our tour with a few stops around the area to capture shots of the city at night including the Parliament Building that was completely lit up to see.
And that concludes my posts on our travels this month! Thank you so much for following along with everything! You have no idea how much I appreciate it!
So, after seeing all these posts you are now thinking about a trip to Alaska. Well, you are in luck because I have you covered. Next week I will be posting one last post that will include our itinerary, excursion names, and tips we learned from our travels. Stay tuned and enjoy your weekend everyone!