Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Dad and Sis in Ketchikan

Last month my dad and sister got to come up to Ketchikan! Living far away from home, even with meeting all kinds of amazing people and having all the incredible experiences that we have and create, can sometimes be isolating. Every now and then, it is nice to have a small taste of home...and that happened for me when they got to come visit. :)

I'm a little late getting caught up on my posts thanks to my laptop crashing. But better late than never...so here's a little recap of our week...

Reunited :) As soon as I picked them up from the airport ferry, we went downtown and had crepes. Our next stop was here at Settler's Cove. This was about our weather for the first few days, dreary and rainy. We did a small hike and saw some of the rainforest.

We came back to the same location the next morning for beachcombing during low tide with some of our friends. They are very knowledgeable as a retired biologist and forester so not only did we see a lot but learned a lot too. Lots of starfish, sea cucumbers, etc.

These purple ones are my very favorite.

Murphy crew :)

One day we saw the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show in town. Very touristy, very cheesy, pretty funny. The show is in the location of a former logging camp in KTN.

Wednesday was our busiest and most fun day!! That morning, we had reservations for a snorkeling tour. It was a lot of fun and not very cold because of the 7mm wetsuit. Alaskan sea life is nothing short of amazing...we saw a ton of starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, fish, and thousands (yes) of jellyfish. The cherry on top? Kelsey and I saw a whale when we were getting out of the water. :)

In the afternoon we had reservations for a flightseeing tour via floatplane to the Misty Fjords National Monument, past the back side of our island and then on to the mainland.

I really have no words for the majestic beauty of this place.

 I am so happy that we got to experience these views together. Plus I feel like riding in a floatplane is a true Alaskan experience.

Thank you to our friend Lesley and her husband for this unforgettable experience!

Not a great picture but we saw a bear after our hike up Dude Mountain, which was the last adventure of our very busy and fun-filled Wednesday.

Hiking views.

One of the last nights we had dinner at our friends' house. They are always so hospitable to us!! Kelsey is stirring up our dinner of some fresh sea asparagus with other veggies mixed in. We had a fabulous seafood dinner. Move to Alaska and you will quickly become a seafood snob. Atlantic/pond-raised salmon? No, thanks. ;)

This is the view of the evening sun from their house. I can never get over it! From their porch you can see Prince of Wales Island and the mainland.

At the end of the week we had a campfire at one of the beaches and hung up our hammocks. It was the epitome of peacefulness. With an amazing sunset.

All in all, we had an amazing week, especially after the weather brightened up. I always love getting to show people I love the places I love. So sharing Alaska with my dad and sister was very special to me. I was super sad to drop them off at the airport ferry at the end of the week.

Hope you enjoyed pictures of their trip! And I hope even more that maybe you got inspired to take a trip of your own. :) Alaska is a special place and I think every one should try to experience seeing at least some part of the vast and unique 49th state.

Next week Landon's parents are flying in, and I can't wait until they get here. :)

And don't miss the next post: our trip to Sitka, Alaska. You can read the post here, along with an update at the end with what's next for us. Lots of excitement on the horizon!


1 comment

  1. I enjoyed reading about your visit w/ your Dad & Kelsey! Glad they got to come see ya'll. Beautiful place! God bless.

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