My trip to Alaska was awesome. The end of August and beginning of September is the perfect time to go. Except for one rainy morning the weather couldn't have been better. I can even say the I belong to the 30% who actually saw the mountain (Denali). Glacier Bay was phenomenal. The skies were clear and we were able to stay longer than usual. I'd post pictures but my sister was the photographer this trip. No calving while we were there. It's kind of sad to see how far the glaciers have retreated. While staying at a lodge in Denali National Park we did the tundra trip starting at oh god thirty in the morning and were blessed with sightings of Dall sheep, a bull moose, bears, ground squirrels, and an eagle. In Ketchikan my brother and I went crabbing. Not literally but did get to go out on a crab boat, then feasted on Dungeoness crab. Juneau saw us at the Mendenhall glacier. It too has receded a great deal.
Unfortunately there were folks on the trip who had horrendous colds and coughed a lot, especially on the bus. One in particular was sitting right behind us and my sister ended up sick the last three days of the trip. When she got home she went to Urgent Care where they treated her for pneumonia! I really felt bad about it since she had never done a trip like this before. My sister-in-law was also sick so that put a bit of a damper on the trip. I'm lucky (so far) that I haven't come down with anything. I credit the vitamins, etc. that I take, particularly Vitamin C. I take a lot of that. I don't understand folks who lie on the form before they get on the ship. They can still get on the ship but they might have to wear a surgical mask to prevent the spread of germs. Inconsiderates! Plus there's hand sanitizer all over the place. Sooooo, if you are in a large party touring Alaska make sure to take plenty of Vitamin C before and during the trip and use hand sanitizer!
If you do a land/sea trip be sure to do the land part first. You'll understand why I say that.
I haven't covered every little bit but you can get the gist of the trip.
I got home in time for Irma. Was without power for a few days but that gave me the excuse to sleep. The time difference kinda puts me out of whack. I think I'm still running on Alaska time which is four hours behind here. Was concerned about all the folks in Texas and hope none were too badly affected. Didn't have much chance to watch the news so those of you Texans who read this I would like to know how you fared.