Our second port on our seven day Celebrity Millennium cruise was Icy Strait Point. We had not purchased an excursion for this port, but figured we would just get off the ship and walk around. This was what we saw at breakfast. “It doesn’t look like there’s anything there,” I said and my husband agreed. In fact, the night before our waiter had said the only thing to do there was the zip line. Jason and I thought about just staying on board.
After breakfast we walked outside and could see a little more of our surroundings. It was breathtakingly gorgeous! Well, let’s at least get out and walk around we decided. I am so glad we did!
Since we were tendered and not docked at the port, we had to board the tender boat and then head to the port. I was a little nervous at first wondering what the little boat would be like, but felt completely comfortable once we boarded.
I took a photo on the dock in front of the sign really thinking this might be all there was to see there. Inside we looked into the Ziprider which is reportedly one of the best zip lines in the country, but decided to pass when we found out it was…$150! For a less than five minute ride we just couldn’t do it, but everyone that we talked to that had done it said it was amazing! So don’t let us penny pinchers stop you! After walking around for just a little while, we found this map! My husband, who had talked of nothing but hiking and climbing a mountain since setting out for Alaska, immediately found the Beach Trail, and we headed out walking.
Being from the Texas flat lands, I just couldn’t get over the mountains, waters, and trees everywhere we went.
It was a gorgeous morning for a walk. After an extremely rainy day at Ketchican the day before we were prepared with our rain jackets (Why I’m wearing the ill fitting jacket here.) but we needn’t have bothered because it was gorgeous!
The beach trail began in a heavily wooded area with incredibly tall trees. Jason liked them so much he wanted a photo.
Then the trail opened up onto this stunning rocky beach. We walked around, inspected the strange sea weed, and chased clams.
We enjoyed the leisure of the morning, took in the amazing scenery, and chatted with friends we had met along the way. They were kind enough to offer to take some photos for us. I love this one with our ship in the background!
And oh yes, we couldn’t pass up that romantic moment on the beach. Minus our five children, well, hey, I felt young again!
All about Hoonah in my next post! 🙂
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