Alaska 2016 – Week 1: Family & Friends Adventure

We went on one of our best ever vacations in 2016. Lou planned a two week UnCruise Adventures trip. It was quite a feat, finding two weeks where everyone could get vacation at the same time. Catherine and Mark, Beth, Olivia and Tory, and Kathy and Steve!

Click HERE to go to the first post in the trip report for Week 1, or check out this page for quick links to each individual post.

We are all meeting up in Sitka, Alaska, where Week One of our UnCruise Adventure kicks off.  The excitement is building!  Week One takes us from Sitka to Juneau, then we navigate from Juneau to Ketchikan.

Sitka to Juneau to Ketchikan

UnCruise Adventures specializes in small boat cruises – typically 70 passengers or so.  They are more of an expedition style experience, with the idea being to get you close to nature, and away from the usual shopping ports frequented by the large ships 🚢.  Lou and I traveled with UnCruise for three weeks in 2013, and had a great trip.

Here is a summary of the blog posts for this trip. You can click on an individual post link below, or go HERE to start at the beginning and read about the whole trip. You will find a Go HERE link at the bottom of each post. That lets you skip the non-related blog posts.

2016 Alaska – Week 1 Family & Friends UnCruise Adventure

  • We are OFF!!!
    We left Northport yesterday to begin our trek to Alaska. We spent the night at the Portland Airport to increase the liklihood of making our 4:30am arrival at the Delta Counter. We made it! Now awaiting takeoff to Atlanta >Seattle>Sitka. Mij is holding down the fort on the […]
  • Alaska Story Starts … NOW
    (30 June 2016) We’ve started sorting our Alaska photos, and would like to share.  To make it easier (mostly for me), I will be going day by day, perhaps doing some special posts with more photos if something was very interesting.  Lou is supposed to share his photos, […]
  • Here we go – a Day in Sitka, July 1st
    (1 July 2016) I’ve shared a bit about this day already. but will go over it to keep the chronological flow going.  Lou, Kathy, Steve and I woke up in Sitka after our night at the Luxury Super 8.  While we could have walked to breakfast, Lou found […]
  • Sitka – It’s Departure Day
    (2 July 2016) Everyone went to bed early on Friday night – at least I think they did.  We had plans for the next day, since we didn’t have to board the boat until 5pm.  I was taking the kids back to the Raptor Center and The Fortress […]
  • Departure – Boarding the Ship and Sailing Away
    (Still 2 July 2016) Just a few photos from our evening sail away.  We met up with our fellow passengers (78 of us in total), and took a bus over to the boat – just a short distance. Lou and I knew what to expect, but it was […]
  • First Day Onboard – Part 1
    (3 July 2016) Late the previous evening, we’d anchored for the night.  We woke up aboard the Wilderness Discoverer, floating on very calm water.  Peeking out of the stateroom before 6am, just after the sun came up: This is one of the things I like best about Alaska: Yeah, lots […]
  • Guest Blog: Catherine Shares a Snorkeling Adventure
    I’m going to jump ahead slightly, because I want to start including the Guest Blogs and injecting some spice into this story!  Catherine shared photos and a video from the snorkeling adventure she and Olivia shared.  Yes! Snorkeling – in Alaska!!!  (What were they thinking?) So, snorkeling in […]
  • Fun with Kayaks
    (3 July 2016 Part 2) We survived lunch, and it was time for Kayaking 101.  All but Steve and Kathy signed up for remedial Kayaking – they went straight to advanced!  Oh, Lou decided he’d tried it once before – that was enough. The first thing we had […]
  • Guest Blog: Beth Describes Her Favorite Skiff Tours: Third Place
    We will jump ahead to July 5th so we can look at Beth’s first guest blog for the trip.  Beth chose to describe her three favorite Skiff Tours, and we’ll start with her 3rd favorite (hmmm, I think this was my number one skiff tour): Third place: Pavlov […]
  • Guest Blog: Mark Likes Kayaks!
    Today’s guest blog is by Mark.  Thank you Mark, for giving us your thoughts on kayaking – which was very popular with the Holmes family. The best part of the Alaska cruise was the kayaking and the freedom it allowed you to get into the nooks and crannies […]
  • Guest Blogs – A Success
    Many thanks to our guest bloggers – you are generating lots of interest and sharing fun perspectives. After reading Mark’s blog, Kathy forwarded these photos to supplement his report. She captured our photo-yakking expedition. Thank you Kathy 🙂       (Still laughing here) Thanks for providing the […]
  • July 4th – Part 1: Our first Shore Walk
    (4 July 2016)  The Fourth of July started out just like our previous days – sunny and beautiful.  So much for rainy Alaska! Some of us tried to start each morning with stretching class, held on the sun deck.  Kathy had a unique way of participating: Catherine got […]
  • Celebrating July 4th with S’Mores on Deck
    (4 July 2016) Well, this must have been an uneventful afternoon and evening, as the photos I am finding are not too exciting 🙂  Of course, being out on a boat in Alaska was nice even if we had no excitement. We took a skiff tour in the […]
  • Guest Blog – Kathy & Steve Go On a Trek & a Skiff Tour
    Week 1 Day 6, July 7The day started with Steve leaving on an adventure to hike a Forest Service trail on George Island to view an old WWII cannon put there in 1942 by the Navy to protect the area. Unfortunately in the process of testing the canon […]
  • Back to Alaska – July 5th – More Fun Stuff
    (5 July 2016) This was one of the first cloudy mornings we saw on our trip – but nothing to complain about (click the photo to see a larger version): Lucky Break!  Today was Bacon Day aboard the Wilderness Discoverer.  Just a note – Lou and I did not think […]
  • Back to Alaska – Glacier Bay National Park
    (6 July 2016). Here is the first part of our day in Glacier Bay National Park.  The first few photos were taken at 4am, and show the milky aqua look you get at that time of the day.  The rest of the photos were taken around 7am … […]
  • A Beautiful Morning in Glacier Bay National Park
    No need to say much … we spent the rest of the morning cruising around Glacier Bay.  We saw more glaciers, some large cruise ships, and even some wildlife … and there will be more to come in the afternoon! Click for slideshow. We have a Celebrity Guest […]
  • Celebrity Guest Blog
    Yes, folks, we are still in the midst of our Alaska Tour. For today’s post, we bring you our guest blogger, Miss Victoria Holmes – the featured blogger on the UnCruise Adventure Official Blog. Click HERE to go to Glacier Bay, the next post in this series.  Continue […]
  • More Glacier Bay
    (6 July 2016) Here we go again, picking right up on the middle of Glacier Bay. We’d been oohing and awwing over glaciers for a couple of hours. Now it was time to see some wildlife to go with the ice action. This grizzly bear and her cub […]
  • A Relaxing UnCruise Day
    (7 July 2016) We woke up to a bright sunshiny day. But if you had sneaked a peak at 4:30am, you would have seen a fiery sunrise: Our group may have missed sunrise, but nobody was missing breakfast! Lou was also out early to grab some scenic shots. […]
  • Kayaks & A Very Cold Dip
    (8 July 2016) July 8th … still in the first week of our trip, we woke up in a quiet cove with a Coast Guard Vessel in sight.  Today was spent mostly relaxing on the boat and catching up on naps after the previous fun-filled days.  The younger […]
  • Back to Juneau and A Tour at Mendenhall Glacier
    (9 July 2016) Our first week ended on July 9th, and we docked in Juneau just after breakfast.  We rented a van and drove to Mendenhall Glacier.  When Lou and I visited in 2013 it was May and there was almost no one there.  We saw lots of […]
  • Leaving Misty Fjords and Cruising to Ketchikan
    It has been a struggle to reconstruct the last day’s journey without minute by minute photos. However, this map gives us a good idea of where we were and where we were going. We came down the Behm Canal and anchored in Walker Cove. All of this is […]