Welcome to D&D Travel's photo essay of our 2017 group trip to the Inside Passage! It was very difficult to select the images for this section, as the scenery in Alaska, especially in Glacier Bay and along the White Pass & Yukon Railway route north out of Skagway is impossibly beautiful! Add to that perfect weather (as you can see) and all 18 of us were blown away by it all! Please enjoy the pictures on both this and page 2 (link at the bottom)...

Above and below: The Ruby Princess transported us on a round-trip sailing along Alaska's famed Inside Passage to some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world!!!

Stephen's Passage - on the way from Seattle to Juneau...

We pass the Ruby Princess docked in Juneau, as we make our way by boat to the hovercraft base. The hovercraft will take us to the face of Taku Glacier in the Juneau Ice Fields...

A gorgeous waterfall along the way to the hovercraft base...

...on to Taku Glacier...

Our Hovercraft passengers at the edge of the glacier...Taku has melted seriously since our last visit...PLEASE consider visiting Alaska SOON. Climate change is real and the glaciers ARE melting pretty quickly! Let us help you plan that trip of a lifetime...before it's too late!

The docks at the Juneau waterfront...

The tramway is directly opposite the dock (as you can see!) and the views from 1800 feet up are spectacular!

Growing at the top of Mt. Roberts...

Jewell Gardens...with resident glassblowers - a real "Jewell" in Skagway...

Along the rail route - melting snow fills glacial pools, creating that gorgeous turquoise color that even bright sun could not extinguish!!

Just north of the Canadian Customs facility at Fraser, BC, is the Yukon Suspension Bridge...

These images really speak for themselves...We shot over 100 in Glacier Bay alone, from our balcony (the ONLY way to sail in Alaska!)...Glacier Bay National Park - simply magical!

Grand Pacific Glacier, at the head of Tarr Inlet, Glacier Bay. The ice is black with glacial silt (yes, that IS ice!)...Thousands of pieces of ice float past our ship, some making a "snap, crackle, pop" as air trapped for perhaps eons escapes during the melting process...

Margery Glacier, seriously melted back since our last visit several years ago!

A small calving from the edge of Margery Glacier!

Heading south along the western side of Tarr Inlet is Lamplugh Glacier, as we make our way to Ketchikan...

The floatplane base in Ketchikan is the starting point to visit Misty Fjords National Monument - which lived up to it's name this day, as you will see...the ONLY rain and "cloudies" we encountered the entire trip!

...Our DeHavilland DHC-2 "Beaver"- a 7 passenger floatplane (with Donna in red)...Getting ready to depart for Misty Fjords.

...at 1600 feet...

Dennis managed to balance on the float for this one after a water landing in the monument...

Living up to it's name, mist and rain rolls in upon our return to Ketchikan, with cruise ships docked in the distance...

images copyright 2017, Dennis A. Hubbs, D&D Travel Services, LLC

 

Please continue to page 2 for Butchart Gardens, Seattle's Chihuly Garden & Glass and the Quinault Rainforest!

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