A Wandering Photographer’s Trip to Alaska | Wandering Wedding Photographer

September 19, 2018

I love to travel, like a lot. I get that itch every time I drive by the airport. The desire to leave and experience a new city. Usually I do road trips, or fly to said city, stay in an air bnb or crash at a friend’s place when I can. I love trying all of the local vegan cuisine and taking in all of the mom & pop shops, museums, dive bars and just the overall energy of the city I’m visiting.

When my mom asked me if I was interested in going on a cruise to Alaska my first answer was no. But then I found out my cousin and aunt were going too and i changed my mind because it’s been years since I’ve seen them. When else am i going to visit Alaska? I think if you want to see the rural parts of Alaska, a cruise is the best way to do it. Would I ever go on another cruise? Probably not. I’m not saying cruises are bad, they just aren’t for me. I think I’m a backpacker at heart.

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day 1 – departing seattle

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Cousin Cat and Aunt Jayne checking out hempfest from the ship. Funny story, my mom and Aunt Jayne went to hemp fest, by accident of course.

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my kind of selfie.

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day 2 – day at sea

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day two was a full day at sea. nothing much to do or see so there aren’t many photos. honestly, i don’t even remember what we did this day. lunch, dinner and a theatre show maybe?

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goodnight moon!

day 3 – juneau, alaska
excursion: kayaking

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I rented a go pro from the ships photography store for the day since I didn’t feel comfortable kayaking tandem with a stranger with my canon! Not risking my life source. Not bad for a go pro!

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first time using a go pro! i promise i’ll never go into videography! 😉

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After kayaking I met up with my mom to go explore Juneau a bit. Port towns are basically filled with touristy stores and not much else. At least the cruise lines made them pretty! Flower planters everywhere filled with gorgeous blooms.

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stephie loves llamas!

after dinner we went to deck seven starboard to watch the sun set.

after dinner we went to deck seven starboard to watch the sun set.

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day four – skagway, alaska
excursion: bike ride rainforest

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We started the day with a quick walk around town. Skagway was touristy but had some cute coffee spots and an actual grocery store. It wasn’t all tourism although there were at least three ships docked in the port. One thing is certain, I need clean crisp mountain air in my life on a daily basis. ❤

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i love love love being surrounded by “christmas” trees.

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haven't been on a bike since january's critical mass ride in hollywood. it felt great to be back on wheels. ❤ miss you, adam.

Haven’t been on a bike since January’s critical mass ride in Hollywood. It felt great to be back on wheels. ❤ Miss you, Adam.

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i can see my tiny house off to the side. always dreaming.

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day five – glacier bay, alaska
day at sea

i enjoyed coffee on our balcony and taking in the breathtaking views at glacier bay. it was unreal.

i enjoyed coffee on our balcony and taking in the breathtaking views at glacier bay. it was unreal.

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day six – ketchikan, alaska
excursion: totem tour

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Ketchikan was my favorite port! Such a cute city with plenty to see and do. We took a tour at Totem Bight State historical park. It was really interesting and beautiful. can i just live in the trees please? Here’s some history for my fellow nerds (click here).

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day seven – victoria, british columbia
excursion: butchart gardens

love seeing the sunsets at night and the sunrise the very next day. not something i get to experience very often. having a balcony on a cruise ship is so amazing.

love seeing the sunsets at night and the sunrise the very next day. not something i get to experience very often. having a balcony on a cruise ship is so amazing.

there she blows! we saw whales, sea otters, sea lions and birds!

there she blows! we saw whales, sea otters, sea lions and birds!

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We got to Victoria at 7pm and went to a butterfly garden and then Butchart Gardens. I was concerned about visiting a garden at night, but it ended up being pretty beautiful after all!

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Alaska was amazing. I’d go back again in a heartbeat to get closer to nature, breathe in the fresh mountain air and hang with all of the Alaskan animals. I do believe this is my first and will be my last cruise… unless the cruise lines step it up and create vegan menus, I’m not really interested.

Thank you to my mom for treating me to this once in a lifetime adventure. ❤ Tiny House Photo

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