Cruising the Coast

1 Aug

Our trip home started with a mad rush of packing. Not only did we need to find all our stuff that had been strewn around my aunt & uncle’s house, but we needed to pack up the camper, pack for 3 days on a boat, get groceries for the trip, & say good-bye. The worst part? The good-byes. You’d think after 7 days of 7 extra people in the house, B~ & J~ would be all “SEE YA!!!” but they were not. A day before we were scheduled to leave, my aunt started campaigning for us to delay a couple more days. Why take the Friday ferry when we could take the Sunday ferry? As much as I would have loved to stay, my dad had a house to pack & we were still a good 7-10 days from home.

It was time for us to go.

Although it was wonderful to know that our visit was not a bother & they enjoyed us as much as we enjoyed them.

The ferry was the part of the trip I was really looking forward to. My dad had rented a state room


I was expecting something much smaller. What we had instead was 4 beds, a table & chairs, a bathroom with a shower & room to spread out. Plus there was the whole boat. The boat was great. There were forward decks, aft decks, a movie lounge, a couple of recliner lounges, a lounge with tables for playing hours of Go Fish. There was a full service kitchen & dining room & a gift shop.

I had thought I ‘d get a lot of reading done on the boat. Instead I spent most of the time watching for wildlife. I saw a black bear (didn’t have the good camera with so the pictures show a black thing on the edge of the water). I also saw many whales. That was what I was hoping to see.

Whale spray

Whale tail

Whale tail

I could never get a good picture of the breaching. I guess I should have read the manual for the camera to find the setting for rapid shots. Oh well, I saw breaching & it was really neat.

We also saw dolphins or seals. Not sure which they were.

The ferry stopped in a couple of ports, mostly in the middle of the night. Which was a bummer. I would have liked to done a little exploring but most of the time we were in port for only 45 minutes. The only exception was Ketchikan but we docked at 2am & left at 7am. Next time I’ll plan my trip so I can spend a day or two in each port & catch a ferry to the next town.

We disembarked in Prince Rupert, BC. Next up is the long drive home.



One Response to “Cruising the Coast”

  1. Kristi Leckband August 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    So when is your dad leading his next tour to Alaska? I want to be part of it!!!

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