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Mother-Daughter Vacay

Mother-Daughter Vacay

Lucky me...I just spent a week with my mom, Teri, on an Alaskan cruise! We met many other mother-daughter pairs on the trip - from Australia, North Carolina, Texas, BC, and more. It turns out this is a popular excursion. And with good reason. It was relaxing, wondrous, delicious (oh the food), beautiful, meaningful, and unplugged (mostly). Mom and I had so much fun together...we laughed until we cried half a dozen times, talked for hours and hours and hours, shared only one uncomfortable moment in the king-sized bed we shared (sorry again, Mom...haha), and thoroughly enjoyed exploring Alaska. 

All aboard! The ship left Vancouver around 5pm on Saturday. It's HUGE (2500+ passengers). 

All aboard! The ship left Vancouver around 5pm on Saturday. It's HUGE (2500+ passengers). 

We took a train tour at Skagway, Alaska. Everyone told us that if we only took one excursion on the cruise, this was it! They were right. 

We took a train tour at Skagway, Alaska. Everyone told us that if we only took one excursion on the cruise, this was it! They were right. 

It was as gorgeous as a postcard. 

It was as gorgeous as a postcard. 

Right?!

Right?!

Dining

Dining

Again!

Again!

Learning about crabs on a catamaran off the coast of Ketchican. 

Learning about crabs on a catamaran off the coast of Ketchican. 

Have you ever tried Dungeness crab? I knew nothing of the different kinds but this one is THE BEST...so sweet and tender. 

Have you ever tried Dungeness crab? I knew nothing of the different kinds but this one is THE BEST...so sweet and tender. 

It was called the "Wilderness Exploration & Crab Feast" in case you go. Two thumbs up from mom and me. PS - I don't have quality photos of the eagles that we saw but that was incredible. We learned a lot about geography, geology, nature, and history on this tour. Did you know that females eagles are dominant? They mate for life. And they return to the same nest every year and continue adding on. Some of the nests end up weighing 1 and even 2 tonnes. 

It was called the "Wilderness Exploration & Crab Feast" in case you go. Two thumbs up from mom and me. PS - I don't have quality photos of the eagles that we saw but that was incredible. We learned a lot about geography, geology, nature, and history on this tour. Did you know that females eagles are dominant? They mate for life. And they return to the same nest every year and continue adding on. Some of the nests end up weighing 1 and even 2 tonnes. 

This was such a fun tour from start to finish - I highly recommend it if you go!

This was such a fun tour from start to finish - I highly recommend it if you go!

Notice the napkins tucked into our shirts. Totally necessary. And for decency I cannot show you the 'after' pic. It was messy. Literally a mountain of crab legs in the middle of the table. Butter everywhere. My setting looked like that of a 2 year old with no table manners. 

Notice the napkins tucked into our shirts. Totally necessary. And for decency I cannot show you the 'after' pic. It was messy. Literally a mountain of crab legs in the middle of the table. Butter everywhere. My setting looked like that of a 2 year old with no table manners. 

Oh, my goodnes. This is the Margerie Glacier. Prior to this trip, I didn't know what a glacier really was. I was looking at the snow caps in the mountains and thought they might be glaciers...but no. A glacier is a river of ice. Our guide on the ship (from the Glacier Bay National Park) taught us that glaciers 'eat mountains for breakfast'. The Margerie glacier is moving at 6 feet per day - it snows way up high in the mountain and the new ice pushes everything down. We saw and heard a chunk of ice fall into the ocean. It literally sounded like thunder. BOOM. 

Oh, my goodnes. This is the Margerie Glacier. Prior to this trip, I didn't know what a glacier really was. I was looking at the snow caps in the mountains and thought they might be glaciers...but no. A glacier is a river of ice. Our guide on the ship (from the Glacier Bay National Park) taught us that glaciers 'eat mountains for breakfast'. The Margerie glacier is moving at 6 feet per day - it snows way up high in the mountain and the new ice pushes everything down. We saw and heard a chunk of ice fall into the ocean. It literally sounded like thunder. BOOM. 

Mom and I loved the cute little touches all over the ship - they changed the mats in the elevators each day. 

Mom and I loved the cute little touches all over the ship - they changed the mats in the elevators each day. 

And our room attendant, Kay from Bali, made us adorable little towel animals every evening with turndown service. I could get used to this. 

And our room attendant, Kay from Bali, made us adorable little towel animals every evening with turndown service. I could get used to this. 

On the last day my mom treated me to a private cabana beside the pool, with this huge picture window. We spent the day there and it flew by...a little faster once the champagne started flowing in the afternoon ;-) We even had a butler. I can't recall his name but I asked if I could call him Carson (any fellow Downton Abbey fans out there?). 

On the last day my mom treated me to a private cabana beside the pool, with this huge picture window. We spent the day there and it flew by...a little faster once the champagne started flowing in the afternoon ;-) We even had a butler. I can't recall his name but I asked if I could call him Carson (any fellow Downton Abbey fans out there?). 

Mom also treated me to the upgraded dining package and on the last night we absolutely were spoiled at the Pinnacle Grill. Thank you soooooo much, Mom. I love you. xoxo

Mom also treated me to the upgraded dining package and on the last night we absolutely were spoiled at the Pinnacle Grill. Thank you soooooo much, Mom. I love you. xoxo


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