Roberta Coker

Federal Way, WA
Active & Adventure Travel Consultant

I have been involved with travel most of my life.  I was born in Ohio and spent early years in Frankfurt Germany.  During my time there my family traveled through most of Europe from Italy to Belgium.  We then moved to Georgia for a couple of year...
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Alaska - A Beautiful, Magical Place

Most beautiful sunrise, on the way to Alaska
Most beautiful sunrise, on the way to Alaska

I recently did the Alaska gig, Inside Passage. What a beautiful, magical place. 

Check out the golden sunrise from my balcony stateroom on our way to Alaska.  Simply breathtaking.  And the food was scrumptious from lobster to of course baked Alaska for dessert.  Yes please!

In Juneau I opted for an easy .75 mile hike to Mendenhall Glacier and on the way saw some beautiful waterfalls.  After, I took a whale watching safari vessel through Stephens Passage.  Fortunately I dressed warm because the covered boat opened the side windows for better photos.  And they did not disappoint.  I was on the later excursion and on the way back we saw multiple whales near our vessel.  The guide could identify by name most of the whales we saw.

The next day we docked in Skagway.  I couldn't resist a hike along the Chilkoot Trail towards Dawson, one of the 2 main routes during the Klondike Gold Rush.  We hiked the beginning couple miles which was the easiest part of the 33 mile trail.  The part I hiked was rated moderate and had wet vines on the path in many places.  A 3 point connection was made to not fall while going up and downhill.  Stampeders who went on to the Klondike gold fields brought a years worth of supplies.  That's a lot to haul!  After, our guide took us on a float trip down the Taiya River.  We saw some beautiful scenery, along with eagles and a glacier that popped out above the scenery.  Since I worked up an appetite, I stopped in town at the Skagway Brewing Company for a halibut sandwich. It melted in my mouth and was very good. Highly recommended.

Our Princess Majestic Ship cruised Icy Straits into Glacier Bay.  On the way the ship picked up some Glacier Bay National Park Rangers who narrated the passage for us. They used the ships speaker system, and gave a presentation in the ship's theatre. When we reached Glacier Bay the ship very slowly did a 360 for all to see the beautiful Margerie Glacier.  The blue ice was mesmerizing as I sipped a warm drink from my stateroom balcony.  We saw some other glaciers as well.  The color of the water was a beautiful turquoise caused by the silt from the glaciers.

I took in the entertaining Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan.  The pole climber had the record for 3rd in the world!  Very impressive to see their overall skills.  Well worth seeing.  Shopping in Ketchikan was the best.  Quality clothes and a great bar right in town to have a drink and mingle with the locals.

Princess Cruise Lines does a fabulous job with their Princess Medallion.  My door always unlocked for me on the way to my stateroom!  For a small price I purchased the wristband which was waterproof so I never took it off.  There are still some issues to work out with the Medallion App and stateroom monitor.  Overall they are right on track providing an enchanting, seamlessly smooth, Alaska cruise.

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Alaska - A Magical, Mystical Place
Whale watching safari in Stephens Passage
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Destination Expert:

  • Alaska

Travel Specialist:

  • Adventure
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • Outdoor Activities & Sports
  • Nature
  • Historical Sites

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