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Friday Frames | Bits of Alaska

Sitka, Alaska
Lovely Sitka

The lingering excitement of new places, new tastes, new smells, new breezes, new rain, new sun, new oceans, new clouds, new successes, new failures, new feelings, and new sights – it’s all there. Travel. The ultimate love/hate relationship.


My little family of three recently took a seven day cruise to Alaska with the rest of our immediate family: two grandparents, an auntie and cousin. The grandparents chose to try the Silversea cruise company, and we cruised on the Silver Shadow. It was a lovely small vessel where it was easy to get to know the kind staff and simple enough to find each other without wandering around for hours.

The seven day trip started in Vancouver, Canada (shoutout to the Vancouver Airport – seriously nice!). We cruised to the standard Alaska destinations: Ketchikan (which felt like Oregon and Washington), Juneau, Skagway, Sitka (seriously dreamy town), and then eventually disembarking in Seward.

A super fun trip. Easy. Relaxing (as much as a family trip can be with a seven and nine year old!). Great food. Tea times! Good coffee. Great scenery. And minimal sea sickness.

Since it’s not really my jam to share a bunch of family images (those go in scrapbooks), I would however like to share a few images I took along the way that I feel express the emotions evoked by the places we visited.

I didn’t take my Fujifilm X70, so all these images were taken with my iPhone 6+ and edited with the VSCO app: 

the silver shadow by silver seas
All aboard the Silver Shadow in beautiful Vancouver!
sign and light on silver shadow by silver seas
Around the ship – helpful signage 😉
St John's Episcopal Church in Ketchikan, Alaska
St John’s Episcopal Church in Ketchikan, Alaska – stunning in the rain.
open ocean aboard the silver shadow by silver seas
The immense quiet and chaos of the open ocean – sunset on the Gulf of Alaska.
tramway in juneau alaska
Tramway in Juneau, Alaska – a must with kids.
afternoon tea on the silver shadow by silverseas
Afternoon tea – one of my favorites.
Juneau alaska
whitepass railway out of skagway alaska
Whitepass Railway out of Skagway, Alaska – a long but stunning trip.
Russian Orthodox church in sitka alaska
The lovely Russian Orthodox Church in Sitka, Alaska – all those musty good smells.
Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier – Yakutat Bay.
Seward Alaska
Mornings in Seward, Alaska



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