My clerkship at the Utah Supreme Court ends this month. Aubree and I decided we should take a vacation between the end of my clerkship and when I start working for my law firm. We figure that with me starting a demanding job and a baby coming in five months, it was now or never. We debated a few ideas about where to go on vacation, but we ultimately decided to take a cruise to Alaska. We are so excited! We went on a cruise (to the Caribbean) for our honeymoon, and ever since then, we have wanted to go again. And since we both enjoy the mountains more than the beach, we figured that an Alaskan cruise would be a lot of fun.
The cruise leaves from Seattle. We are actually going to go up a day early so that we can spend some time with our good friends John and Emily Burnette in Seattle. We usually only get to see the Burnettes once a year, so we are excited that we can squeeze in a visit with them. After that, we board the boat and head to Alaska. Here's a preview of where we are going and the activities we have planned:
Juneau, Alaska: we are going to Mendenhall Glacier and then to a salmon bake in the forest
Skagway, Alaska: we are going up into the mountains in the evening to watch the bears come down to the river and feed on the spawning salmon
Ketchikan, Alaska: we haven't decided for sure, but most likely we are going to Totem Bight State Park where they have a large collection of totem poles
Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska: we will be cruising through the fjord to view glaciers
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: we are going to Butchart Gardens, one of Aubree's favorite places in the world
We can't wait to go!