Alaskan Cruise: Hubbard Glacier

I am regularly amazed by mother nature and the Hubbard Glacier was no exception!  As the ship approached, we were able to go out to the front of the ship to get a good look.  Normally, this area is not open to the public.  So it was a special treat.  The snow capped mountains were breathtaking and the glacier seemed so small from far away.  But as the ship got closer and closer, you realized just how amazing this bit of nature was! I have seen glaciers from planes, from automobiles and even walked on one, but seeing it from the water was something special!  I will never forget it!

From this point, the glacier seems small compared to those massive snow capped mountains.


Alaskan Cruise: Historic Juneau Gold Mine Tour

I've mentioned that I am a history buff, but you might not know that I am also a former school teacher.  I love to teach (and learn)!  So every opportunity I get to teach my kids something on a trip, I go for it!  That is exactly why we booked this excursion. The current excursion name is Underground Juneau Gold. 

We had to wear hard hats as we ventured inside the 360-foot long tunnel carved into the mountainside.  It was a little chilly inside the tunnel, so be sure to wear a jacket.  I would also wear good shoes for walking on rocks.  Inside the tunnel a former miner showed us how they did things back in the day using actual mining equipment.  The mine was in use from 1913 to 1921.  Great history lesson in action!


Alaskan Cruise: Juneau floatplane excursion

Holland America cruise ship in Alaska
Our ship, the Oosterdam, docked in Juneau, Alaska
Our Holland America Alaskan cruise stopped at several ports of call.  The first one was Juneau, Alaska, which is the capital of the state, in case you forgot that from your 4th grade Social Studies class. Speaking of Social Studies, we were traveling with our young children who I thought would enjoy some activities, so I signed us up for two excursions on this  day.  The first excursion was Juneau icefield & flightseeing by floatplane. It was the most expensive of our excursions (at $174 for adults & $139 for kids), but I really wanted to do it! I was not disappointed! Very cool experience!
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Float plane in Alaska
Our floatplane...it was so cool to take off and land in the water!
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