Scenes from Alaska

As my last series of posts has come to an end, I no longer have an excuse to drown myself in nostalgia as I write the occassional blog post. I do, however, still get to bombard you with pictures from one of my favorite activities in the world: Family Vacation.

So here’s to a wonderful week this past July spent aboard a large ship on the icy waters of the Pacific, along the breathtaking northwestern coast of our country (and a small bit of Canada).

The Alaskan cruise really outdid itself:

My mom and me thrilled to have completed our pilgrimage to mecca

My sister Jenna and my dad turning my way just long enough for a picture. We stared at the glacier you see in the background for hours that day.

Yep, glaciers really are that blue. If only I could remember the scientific reasoning explained to us by the park ranger that day I would enlighten all of you as to why...

Sitka, Alaska, the city that has so much more to offer than its claim to fame: where the movie The Proposal takes place. It's a truly charming city.

We're in the middle of the water, standing on a plane. I'm trying really hard to act "cool" in this picture but on the inside I was FREAKING OUT.

Surprisingly our favorite stop of the week: Victoria, Canada. It reminded me a little of Oxford. Ok, ok, it reminded me a lot of Oxford.

I have a new mission. Now that I’ve spent some time outside of the 50 States, I’d like to spend some time exploring inside the 50 States. Starting with Alaska sets a high bar, but I have faith in the good ole US of A. Now I just need a few more frequent flyer miles.


  1. katieleigh on September 29, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Gorgeous photos. And yay for more travel posts from you! (Though I think the occasional bit of Oxford nostalgia wouldn’t go amiss…)

  2. christa on September 29, 2010 at 10:46 am


    this looks familiar!!!

  3. ashleynashville3 on September 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    your mom is GORGEOUS.

  4. Jason on February 21, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Hi there,I came across your blog as I was doing some resraech about teaching in Alaska. I am seriously contemplating this as my next adventure when I return to the United States. Right now I am teaching overseas in the United Arab Emirates. I have a husband and 2 year old daughter and so that makes going different places a bit more challenging. However, my husband and I had talked about Alaska quite some time ago and it would be a dream come true for us to raise our little one (maybe another) there in Alaska. We long to experience more outdoor adventures. My husband was raised in CO and loves hunting and fishing. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind telling me a little bit about getting certified to teach in Alaska and how to find an abundance of teaching jobs up there. I ideally would like to find employment before I arrive back in the US and I know that might be very challenging. I would love a bit more information! Happy Holidays and thank you for your blog! Sincerely, E. Stephanie Woodward

  5. Hyacinth Meze on September 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Beautiful pictures.

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