Next Friday my wife and I leave the warmth of Bishop and head for the colder and wetter climate of Alaska. We’re super stoked and can’t wait to see this jaw dropping landscape. For the first week we’ll crusing the inside passage aboard Princess Cruise lines with my wife’s family. The second week we’ll say our good byes as they go back to southern california and we head for Denali NP and Seward on the Kenai Peninsula.
During week one we’ll depart from Vancouver, BC and visit the coastal towns of Katchikan, Juneau, skagway, and finish up with Glacier Bay NP before ending in Whittier.
While in Ketchikan we’ll be taking a float plan flight over Misty Fjords and land on a back country lake. Our next stop in Skagway we’ll be taking a train to White Pass & the Yukon. I think we’re planning on seeing the Mendenhall glacier while in Juneau.
Once we get to Anchorage at the end of our cruise, we’ll be renting a car and driving to Denali NP for 3 days. From there we’ll head to Seward for another few days to check out Resurection Bay with a 9 hour Captain’s Tour with Kenai Fjord Tours. This will be really cool as it’s limited to 22 people and taylored to photographers and wildlife viewing. It’s also aboard a smaller boat so we’ll be close to the water.
With 17 hours of daylight during our time there we don’t plan on sleeping much!! As this will be a bit early in the season we’ll only be able to go 53 miles into Denali with the shuttle bus, which is the Toklat area. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for good weather and a glimpse of Denali!
We’re all geared up photography wise and bringing ALL our winter and spring outdoor gear as we expect rain and cold weather, with a few mild days thrown in just to mix it up! Hoping to bring back some respectable images, but not quite sure what to expect as the place is so huge!
If you’ve done this or trip or similar Alaska Trip would love to hear about it or any recommendations you might have!