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Alaskan Cruise with Kids – Part 2, Tracy Arm Fjord

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Day 2

Juneau, Alaska. In Juneau, we decided to book an excursion on a small boat that traveled up the Tracy Arm Fjord to get up-close and personal with some glaciers, icebergs, and wildlife. Binoculars and maps were provided, and passengers are able to move from the warm interior cabin, with free hot chocolate, tea, and coffee, to the top of the boat which is open to both the elements and the spectacular views.

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Awesome iceberg


South Sawyer Glacier
The bluest blue. Gorgeous!
South Sawyer Glacier
South Sawyer Glacier
Bald eagles!!!

This 7-hour boat ride may not be ideal for all young children. Our young ones survived the boring parts because we were able to buy snacks and a couple of brand new stuffed animals (a grey wolf and a sea otter, in keeping with the Alaska theme) onboard. And mom survived because she got to sip her very own Glacierita—seriously, a margarita made with a chunk of glacier ice.

The kids got to hold some glacier ice.

…to be continued here. Follow our adventures from Day 1 here.

Janette DeFelice, MD, MA is a writer currently focusing on how the changing environment affects our health. Her essay collection Resistance Essays from the Heartland and her new novel Delia Rising: A Ballet in Three Acts are both available now. She has also published at Be The Change Mom, ChicagoNow, and She holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Chicago Medical School and a Master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago, where her major essay was Hegel and Ibsen: The Evolution of Consciousness in Ibsen’s Prose Play Cycle. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University. A former professional dancer, former adjunct Humanities professor, and former lecturer in Medical Clinical Skills, as well as a mom of 9-year-old twins, she currently finds herself at a career/life crossroads at which she is trying to figure out how to use all aspects of herself (her art, her medical and scientific knowledge, her philosophical explorations, her interest in popular culture as a teaching tool, and her unique perspective) for the good of humanity.

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