In Skagway, we took the White Pass Summit Bus Tour and Train Ride. Again, we had an incredible day. The bus tour took us through Skagway into Carcross, Canada (where we stopped at various spots including our favorite, Emerald Lake. In Carcross, we had lunch, went to a museum, and got to see sled dogs (including one who just had puppies). While on the bus ride, we saw a black bear and a moose (in Canada of course!) Next, we went on the train ride. The White Pass/Yukon Railroad was built in 1898-1900 during the Klondike Gold Rush. The train climbs 3000 feet. The track is so narrow there are parts where it travels right on the edge and when you look down, it looks like the train is going to ride right off of the rails. We ended our day in town shopping and checking out the train’s snow plow that was used up until 2001.
Day 3 also happened to be my 30th birthday. I couldn't think of a better way to spend my birthday than in Alaska (and Canada)
Glacier Bay, Alaska
When you head into Glacier Bay, you do not dock. Instead, the ship cruises slowly through the bay, traveling to multiple glaciers. On our way into the bay, we were greeted by a friendly whale that was “playing” with the ship (waving, breaching, eating, diving, etc). The glaciers were absolutely breath-taking. I have never seen anything like them in my life. The glaciers were doing a ton of “calving” (which is when ice falls off of the glacier). Supposedly it is rare to see as much calving as we did. Even though it was freezing (we were in multiple layers with gloves and hats on), it was worth standing on top of the ship for hours watching the glaciers and animals (whales, otters, sea lions, and Eagles).
Originally we had planned to go salmon fishing in Ketchikan. Unfortunately, we were too early in the season. If you go on an Alaskan cruise at the right time, I would suggest doing something that involves salmon because we heard they are the best excursions. For our excursion, we went on a rain forest walk, watched a totem pole carver, and visited a bird and reindeer sanctuary. My favorite part was feeding the reindeer. The people in my group had no real interest in feeding them, instead they just watched. This meant I got to spend the entire time we had there feeding the reindeer. They were so sweet and adorable. We also had a black bear run right over the trail behind our guide (which spooked him the rest of the tour). It poured down raining which meant excursions returned to the ship late which made the ship disembark late. Due to this and very high winds overnight (up to 70 mph), we were unable to dock in Victoria, British Columbia.