IF EVER THERE WAS A VACATION OF A LIFETIME,we found it in Alaska.
“Alaska has a call that is compelling. The distant mountains make one wantto go on and on over the next ridge and over the one beyond. The call is that of a wilderness known only to a few.” William O. Douglas, 1960
Our adventure began as we sailed out of Vancouver harbour on the Beautiful Holland America cruise ship the Volendam. Cruising is a relaxing, ‘no work’ pampered holiday in itself, so we were already well on our way to ‘heaven on earth’ by the time we arrived at our first port, Skagway 3 days later.
From there we took the train up the White Pass Summit, one of the major routes chosen by stampeders making their way to Dawson City in the 1890’s. At Fraser, the border, we boarded the coach into the Yukon where we spent one night in Whitehorse, and then 2 nights in Dawson City. The scenery along the way is so captivating that we found ourselves wrapped up in the history given to us by such knowledgeable tour guides and coach drivers.The next stop was Fairbanks, back in Alaska, where we boarded the train for our 5 hour journey up into the beautiful Denali Mountains. The two days there were wonderful, with great accommodation, food and ambience. But one of our greatest memories of this trip will always be our flight over the Denali Mountains with a landing on the glacier. We were blessed with the clearest of days giving us scenery so awesome it is difficult to describe. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.
The land journey ended in Anchorage but we still had an exciting 7 day cruise back to Vancouver awaiting us on the Sapphire Princess. At last we were able to unpack our cases! The Sapphire is another beautiful ship with all the staff continually making sure all our needs were met! Awesome scenery greeted us every day and glaciers abound. Our day in Glacier Bay was so spectacular and the sound of those glaciers calving and crashing into the ocean will be with us forever.After being 3 weeks away from home we were still not ready to come home.We just wanted to stay on board and do it all over again.