As I type this, I am sitting in a coffee house here in Skagway, Alaska. Mom and Dad are treating the entire famliy to a 10 day cruise around Alaska. It will end in Vancouver. This is in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Looking out of the window at this old gold rush era town of Skagway, there are snow caps engulfing the two-story building lined streets to my right. The buildings look like something out of an old western movie you would see on TNT late at night. To my left, the deep blue waters hold car sized ice-boulders which have chipped off from nearby glaciers. In a word, this place is astounding. I’m not much for scenery, but even I have been moved by this rugged, arctic locale.
In the past two days, whales have swum as close as 20 yards from the table from which we were enjoying dinner. Two otters swam carelessly 50 yards [Read more…]