We took this particular trip because it was organized by the Parkinsons Research Foundation. Jim’s Dad has Parkinson’s Disease. The Bahamas cruise we took last January was also a Parkinson’s cruise. It worked well to have the extended family do this trip together. There were 7 of us all together … Jim, Jim Sr., Me (Chris), Mom (Marilyn), Jo Ellen (Jim’s ex-wife), Debbie (Jim’s sister), and Bob (Debbie’s husband.) Jim roomed with his Dad, and I roomed with my Mom and Jo Ellen.
Seattle and Mt. RainierI’ve visited Seattle several times in the past – actually lived there when I was 5 – so I knew how spectacular Mt. Rainier is and I was prepared with my camera in the plane.
We stayed the night at a Holiday Inn near the airport, then transferred to the Norwegian Star cruise ship on Saturday morning. Here’s the view of Rainier from the ship.
Ketchikan and Misty FjordsIn Ketchikan Mom, Jim and I signed up for a boat tour to take us into the Misty Fjords Nat’l Monument. It was cold, rainy, and windy – but that’s OK, it felt like we were really experiencing Alaska! And the Fjords were SO beautiful! We took a tour on a jet boat – very comfortable inside, plenty of room outside to get a better view.
JuneauJuneau is the only US State Capital that is inaccessible by road. You must either fly there or go by boat. On the way to Juneau, the cruise ship took a special side trip to Sawyer glacier. What a sight! On the way up the fjord, we were taking an exercise class … does your gym look like this? I love exercise classes on cruise ships – precisely for the views – but this one tops ‘em all.
Right in Juneau we took the Mt. Roberts tram up the mountain for some more views: