Alaska, with its mountain ranges, forests, ice fields, lakes and rivers, beckoned us for a week cruise aboard the Celebrity Solstice from Seattle to Skagway, and ports between.
First port of call was Ketchikan located on Revillagigedo Island at the southern edge of the Inside Passage. The community was formally established in 1885 as a logging and salmon fishing settlement.
Enroute to Juneau, the ship ventured into Tracy Arm. The 32-mile long fjord, about a mile in width with steep mountain walls rising over 7,000 feet, channeled a passageway of pristine aqua-colored, iceberg-dotted water.
Juneau’s weather includes over 100 inches of rain each year, not all at once, but in soggy, foggy, dribs and drabs.
At Skagway the gold rush still endures in a historic environment almost identical to the earlier days of 1898. The White Pass &Yukon Route narrow-gauge railroad was started to carry miners to the Yukon Gold Fields and still runs today.
Then to Victoria, BC and to Seattle.
© Dave Loomis