Ketchikan – Time to Say Goodbye

Update – Just saw this:

“Happy Alaska Day! On October 18th, 1867, Russia formally transferred the Territory of Alaska to the United States.”

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Our very last morning aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. We were all sad to see our adventures come to an end, but everyone knew it was time to get back to work, to school, and to our pets. I thought Lou was pushing it when he organized a full two weeks on a small ship – turns out he made the right call, and the time was perfect. Long enough to relax, short enough to never get bored.

Here we are cruising into Ketchikan at 7am … we could not have had better travel partners for our family than Kathy and Steve. Always willing to try something new, always ready to laugh, and just a lot of fun to be around.

Now comes the really sad part. It is time to exit the ship, and this time it is for good. No secretly feeling superior like the previous week, when we knew we would be getting back on at the end of the day. Lots of hugs with the crew, and with fellow passengers.

I believe we all headed up to the hotel on the hill – the Cape Fox Lodge, where the kids could grab their luggage and catch transfers to the airport.

The California Crew all had reasonably short flights, compared to the Mainers. The older folks were staying an extra day to rest up for the rigors of the cross country flights.

I think I can speak for all, and say this was a dream vacation. Lou and I were delighted to get to share our previous UnCruise experience, and the wonders of Alaska, with family and friends. Now we just have to figure out when we can all go back again!!! It would also be amazing to have Todd join us.

I would be remiss in not saying how pleased we were with the UnCruise Crew. It was a treat to sail with Captain Dano, and the expedition guides and skiff drivers went out of their way to make the activities work for all fitness levels. The hotel/food service staff were helpful and friendly – being with the same crew for two weeks is a plus. We would definitely sail with UnCruise Adventures again.

This finishes up the story of our Family & Friends UnCruise Adventure. I’ll come back to add some photos from our extra days in Ketchikan (5 years later and I still need to do this!) And, of course, additional commentary from the rest of the travel crew is always welcomed.

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  1. We found, rather than carrying the weight of the material in the
    suitcases, we could bulk mail boxes to the lower 48 VERY cheap.
    I do not like carrying backpacks, or pushing item thru airports.
    I think the box was $13.00 and each weighed more than 13 pounds!
    The packages actually arrived in State College (Pa) before we did!

    Thanks for great photos–it helped our memories–lots of places in common.

    • Thanks, Jerry! Good idea about mailing packages home. I remember we did that during our 2013 trip. Will keep that in mind for our next trip!

  2. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and our traveling companions. A big thanks to Beth, Catherine and Sharon who were giving me suggestions for the talent show. I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard – I couldn’t breathe! I still chuckle whenever I think of it. Thanks for sharing the trip and the photos, we appreciate your time and effort to pull these memories together!

  3. What a great trip! I loved Ketchikan and the Misty Fjords area and wish I’d had more time there. Looking forward to hearing about the extra days you spent there exploring the town.

    • Thanks for following along, Laurie. I wish we could have worked a flight seeing trip over Misty Fjords into the plan. But time and budgets were already squeezed, lol.

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