We’re packed and ready to go! AK Fam departs this weekend for southeast Alaska and a highly anticipated experience aboard the Wilderness Discoverer, part of the Inner Sea Discoveries fleet of small ships cruising southeast Alaska. We’ve sailed on a big boat, we’ve taken the laid-back Alaska Marine Highway, now it’s time to experience the intimacy of Alaska’s sheltered coves and inner harbors.
Our journey begins in Ketchikan, usually AK Fam’s endpoint for such explorations. We’re doubly excited about starting our trip here since the 37th annual Blueberry Arts Festival kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday (convenient!). Between the Pet and Doll parade and the Gigglefeet concert, oh, and the row after row of blueberry-themed goodies, I think it’ll be a pretty nice way to kick off a truly unique southeast Alaska vacation. Doubly-cool is the opportunity to view Ketchikan’s newest attraction and wonder to behold – the brand new Gateway Aquatic Center, where everyone can enjoy some water no matter the weather, and the new twisty slide, dubbed the Tongass Tornado, is sure to be a hit!
From Ketchikan, the Wilderness Discoverer sails through the El Capitan Passage to Klawock Native Village, Frederick Sound, the Brothers Islands, Ford’s Terror Wilderness, and up to Juneau, where we’ll spend a day doing final book research and enjoying our capital city.
You may notice, AKontheGO’ers, that between Ketchikan and Juneau lie no actual ports of call for our little boat. Ah yes, herein lies the best part of an Inner Sea Discoveries trip; a decided lack of connectivity with the outside world. It’s been a while since AK Fam has embarked upon such a journey, so embroiled in real-time reporting to our dedicated readership, are we. But next week, we’re unplugging in a most literal sense. No phone, no internet, no problem.
We’ve got a little post scheduled to appear next week, but the bulk of our communications will be sporadic at best in the meantime. Rest assured we’ll be thinking of you as we snap photos, shoot video, and try and capture the essence of such a journey, from the perspective of an Alaska family.