Sunday, August 9, 2009

Alaska Cruise

July 17-24 we went on an cruise to Alaska with Reini's mom, her two younger brothers, her aunt and uncle, and her grandparents. We had a great time hanging out with the family! The cruise was beautiful and a great escape from the heat in Salt Lake!

Day 1: Cruising the Inside Passage
We woke up the first day to find the ship surprisingly close to shore while sailing through the Inside Passage. It was breathtaking!
Reini's brothers spent a good part of the day looking for killer whales.
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Day 2: Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan is a charming little town and happens to be the fourth largest city in Alaska.
We saw a lot of bald eagles, It was awesome to see them in the wild.
We went on a zipline tour through the rain forest with Reini's mom and brothers. It was a blast!
While on the ziplines, we saw this black bear walking through the woods.
After we got back on the ship, the cruise was offering a free round of Bingo (it usually cost $30). We each got a single free bingo card. Reini won $141 after they had only called six numbers!
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Day 3: The Hubbard Glacier
Instead of stopping at a port, the cruise ship took us within about 1/3 mile of the Hubbard Glacier. It was crazy to see all of the ice floating in the water while we were approaching the glacier. Occasionally, the ship would hit a small piece and you could hear a small thud on the side of the boat (we were going too slow to do any damage).
The glacier was HUGE! It is about 200 feet tall. Every once in a while, a giant piece of ice the size of a house would break off and go crashing into the water. It was amazing. Some of the ice had a deep blue color. The photo above only shows some of the color (I don't have photoshop installed, so I can't bring the color up to where it belongs. You'll have to imagine!)
It was mighty cold for the 20th of July!
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Day 4: Juneau, Alaska
We went on a beautiful seven mile hike in a rain forest by the Mendenhall Glacier (the glacier is the white thing in the middle of the above picture).
The rain forest was incredibly lush!
After our hike, we went on a cable car ride to the top of a mountain above Juneau. We had a great view of the town, mountains, and our ship.
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Day 6: Victoria, British Columbia
In Victoria, we went on a whale watching tour where we got pretty close to countless killer whales that were all swimming together.
It was amazing to see them all swimming together. Way better than Sea World!
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All week long: Dining room fun!

Everyone became experts at the spoon on the nose trick, including Reini's brother and mom......her aunt...... and even her grandma. Needless to say, we had a good time dining together!

Also, Jared and Reini's brothers all tried the various "specialties" on the menu including frog legs. It turns out that frog legs are delicious!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Dear Jared,

Happy 4 year Anniversary!

Thank you for making me the happiest girl in the world!

I still get butterflies and weak in the knees every time you are near..

I love you sweetheart!

Love always, Reini