Sunday, July 20, 2014

Alaska {Part 6}

I'm continuing with my Alaska posts today.....

Day 7 - Monday, June 23 - Skagway, AK & Yukon Territory, Canada
We had breakfast this morning in the Windjammer before docking for the day in Skagway. We had a really fun shore excursion booked that morning. It was a Yukon Jeep Adventure. Basically, my dad got to drive a jeep along the highway into Canada and then we went off roading on a mountain.

The scenery along the highway was beautiful, as pretty much all of Alaska is!

Our jeep was so cute!

We stopped in a cute little town on the way to the mountain called Carcross, which was short for Caribou Crossing. Seriously, is this not what you think of when you hear small Canadian town?

Then it was time for the off roading part. I wasn't really sure what to expect for that, but it was so much fun. We were sitting in the Jeep cracking up the entire time. The road was extremely rocky, and we were bouncing all over the place.

Once we made it to the top of the mountain, we got to what they called "the playground." It kind of reminded me of an ATV course because we got to drive around through ditches, hills, and mud puddles. Ha!

Then we made our way back to Alaska!

We had lunch at the Skagway Brewing Co. when we got back to town. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the cute little town. We had to make another stop at the Alaskan Fudge Co. - my favorite!

Ha! It was another rainy day....

Once we were finished walking through town, we went back on the ship and enjoyed some hot chocolate on deck.

For dinner that night, I ordered mixed berry soup as a starter, beef and veal pasta for my entree (which was absolutely delicious!), and drunken chocolate cake for dessert. This dessert was probably my favorite one I had all week. It was SO good!

The show that evening was one of the best ones of the week too. It was a super high energy singer who was really good and fascinating to watch!

That's all for today - I hope you have a fantastic day!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Days

With all of my recent Alaska posts, I feel like it's been a while since I did an update on what I have been doing lately.

This summer has been absolutely amazing so far. I've been out of school since the end of April, I've taken two separate trips (Montreal and Alaska), and I've had a lot of time to relax and spend time with family and friends.

Here's some of the things I've been up to since the 4th of July.....

Unfortunately, at the beginning of last week, I came down with an illness. I ended up leaving work early on Monday because I felt so bad. I came down with something that persisted longer than I would have expected, but I've been thankfully getting better each day and am pretty much completely back to normal now. One of the only perks of being sick though? Eating some of my all time favorite ice cream!

I had been really nervous when I wasn't feeling well on Monday because I had a busy day on Tuesday, and I didn't want to have to miss any of it. I picked up some hours at work and tried out a cute new place for lunch called Highway 55. It was like an old fashioned diner with burgers, fries, and shakes.

That evening I went to the Red's game with some of my KBS friends. It was fun getting to see some of my school friends that I haven't seen in a while!

I snapped this picture of downtown while I was going to get ice cream. I thought the sky looked so cool!

I'm not a big sports fan. I never watch sports on TV, but I LOVE going to Red's games. It just feels like summer to me.

On Wednesday night I met my mom for dinner at Incline House after work. That's a cute little restaurant that I love to go to because they have the best food and view of the city.

My mom and I went to the Princess Diana exhibit that's been in town for a few months now on Thursday afternoon. I loved it because I am totally fascinated with England's monarchy. I think Diana was an amazing woman, and I am now obsessed with William and Kate. It was interesting to learn more about Princess Diana's life. My favorite thing was that they had her wedding gown on display. I thought it was SO neat to see that in real life.

The train on that dress is insane.

THIS is what summer is all about. I spent last Friday relaxing by our friends' pool. I'm not a big swimmer, but laying out by the pool and getting in to cool off every once in a while is perfect.

On Saturday morning, my mom and I went downtown to Washington Park because they were having the City Flea. Basically, they have a little flea market there once a month and a bunch of vendors come and set up booths and sell things. There were also food trucks parked around the outside of the park, so we got lunch and browsed through the market. I loved it and thought it was so fun.

One of my favorite dessert food trucks was there, so I had to stop and get a cupcake. This time I went for Death by Chocolate. Yum!

That night my family and I went with some of our friends to a park for an outdoor concert. It was a fun summer night!

This summer has been busy, but I've been enjoying every minute of it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Alaska {Part 5}

I know these Alaska posts are dragging on forever (and I still have 4-5 more posts after this one. Ha!) considering I've been home for over 2 weeks, but we were gone for so long that there is a ton of stuff I still want to write posts on so I don't forget this once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

Day 6 - Sunday, June 22 - Juneau, AK
Our first port stop was Juneau - the capital of Alaska! One of the most interesting things I learned on this trip is that even though Juneau is the capital, you can only get there by plane or boat. The city is landlocked, and you literally could not drive your car there even if you wanted to. I didn't even know cities like that existed in today's world, especially considering it's the capital of a state!

We got up early this day and had breakfast on the ship at our favorite little place - the Park Cafe. That was just a small stand on one of the top decks, but I loved getting a blueberry muffin and a yogurt parfait, and then eating while looking out the window.

I really enjoyed Juneau!

We had a shore excursion booked that day that took us over to the Mendenhall Glacier. We had a few hours to hike around there before we went back to downtown Juneau.

The Mendenhall Glacier was definitely pretty, but I still thought the Hubbard Glacier was a little bit better!

My mom and I had to represent the University of Cincinnati in front of the glacier!

I really liked the waterfall right next to the glacier too. Our guide told us that the water is runoff from the glacier and that the waterfall is completely frozen in the winter.

After hiking around the glacier (there was a trail that we walked that took us right by the waterfall), we hopped the bus back into town and had lunch at a place called Tracy's King Crab. Apparently it's like the place to eat in Juneau because of their fresh crab. It was just a little walk up stand with outdoor seating (I personally thought that was a little crazy considering we were in Alaska!), but the food was really good and fresh. I'm not a big crab fan, so I got shrimp - my favorite!

We walked through the rest of town in the afternoon and did some shopping. We stopped by the Red Dog Saloon, which is another little place unique to Juneau.

We stopped in the Alaska Fudge Co. shop, and I thought these were so cute! You could buy little clusters of chocolate covered candies, and they were made to resemble animal paws. My favorite were the Cinnamon Bear Paws, which were milk chocolate covered raisin clusters. We got a bag to go, and I chowed down on them the rest of the day ;)

I also bought a long sleeve Alaska shirt that I'm excited to wear this winter, and an Alaskan Red Velvet candy bar. I actually still have the candy bar sitting in my pantry right now......I guess I'm kind of saving it for a rainy day at this point!

We hopped back on the boat for a little bit of relaxation after going through all of the shops. Then it was back off to go on top of the Mount Robert's Tram, which is a tram that takes you to the top of one of the mountains so you can look out at Juneau below. It was neat, but I think we all agreed that we wouldn't do it again. It wasn't quite as exciting as I thought it was going to be.

My favorite part of the tram was actually the fact that they have an injured bald eagle on display at the top. It was neat being able to get so close to a bald eagle.

It rained pretty much the entire day in Juneau, but we were used to it at that point, and we didn't let that stop us. There were some trails around the top of the tram, so we walked around there for a little while before heading back down.

That's our ship!

Once we got down off the tram, we got back on board the ship to head to dinner. I had a chilled berry soup as a starter, which is my absolute favorite. They change the menu every night, but they pretty much had some variation of a cold fruit soup each evening, and I ordered that multiple times. I have never seen a chilled fruit soup anywhere else except for a cruise ship, but I am obsessed with them. I also got a top sirloin for an entree, and for dessert I ordered the Chocolate Sensation. It was really good and reminded me a lot of a dessert I had in Montreal!

Our assistant waiter cracked me up. He was really big on doing tricks at dinner throughout the week, and on this night he made me a huge flower corsage!

We spent our evening doing world trivia in the Quill & Compass and then seeing the show, which was called Piano Man.

I really enjoyed our day in Juneau, and I would give just about anything to go back right now!