After taking a few weeks to get re-acclimated to ship life and show schedules, I was finally able to get out and explore a bit of Alaska. From the scenery I have viewed so far, I must say that it was a great addition to the USA. Our ship will be sailing to Alaskan ports through September, and I am so glad to have time to explore this picturesque state.
Pictured below was my first time out in Skagway. What a beautiful setting for our ship to port. It was a warm day so I decided to take a walk and find a nice writing spot.
...and this is what I found. A small brook surrounded by trees and green. I had no clue Alaska was so green! A new song is in the works, and this setting was my inspiration for it.
In Juneau, there is a cable car leading up to Mt. Roberts where there are some nice hiking trails. The first time there, I was with my cast, and we did not wear proper shoes so when we met snow, our hike ended. My second time up the cable car, I was prepared with waterproof hiking boots. The hike started out fairly warm and dry.
But eventually we met the snow. I must admit at first I was a bit tentative...
The hike was uphill the entire time, but the views were well worth the sweat!
I spent the day yesterday on a train and dog mushing tour. The train began in Skagway and traveled to British Columbia. The views were breathtaking.
Next we headed to a dog mushing training camp. When we first arrived, the dogs were so excited and began barking. I must admit that some of my childhood fear of dogs re-emerged. Luckily, the group I was with were all dog lovers so they helped calm me. :) We got in the sled...
... and then got ready to take off. Here is a view from my seat.
It was a neat experience to see the dogs pull us and realize that this was a summer camp compared to the real racing they do in the winter. I even warmed up to our team of dogs. Here I am with the leaders GQ and Amigo.
A view of Skagway from the Dyea lookout point.
So far Alaska has been a true delight to my eyes. I look forward to what the coming weeks will bring to see and do in this great state.