Slaughters Sail to Alaska-Part 4

Hey Hey Hey! It’s Thursday! And let me tell you-this season Thursdays might be my very favorite day of the week. The truth is right this second we don’t have a THING on Thursday nights. #andallthemamassaidamen. Of course that could all change at any moment, but for now I’m going to have a nice relaxing evening and be in my pajamas by 8:30 p.m. Also, a cool front is supposed to hit North Texas today and I’M HERE FOR IT!

I’ve got my final trip recap for you! If you missed Part 1Part 2 or Part 3, you can read those to catch up on our summer trip to Alaska. The last part of the trip I did a terrible job of documenting so I’m kind of throwing lots of days into this recap. It’s just because I don’t have a lot to share picture-wise.

Day four we woke up to gorgeous views as we sailed through Glacier Bay.

Tab and I were the only two up so we had breakfast as we observed this glacier. That light blue you see is the glacier. I have a video on my phone of this, but hours later we saw part of the ice break off and fall into the water from our stateroom balcony. So cool!

We’d named it a big arcade day as well so a family tournament of Mario Kart went down.

As well as a father/son basketball tourney. Who knew that after a minute of shooting a basketball as fast as I could my shoulder would start cramping, but it did. I quickly learned I should stick to Mario Kart. 😉

I didn’t take any other pictures of the rest of our day at sea…we got dressed up for dinner and enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Italian restaurant on the ship.

Day five kicked off with an early arrival in Ketchikan. This charming little town houses a popular Lumberjack show so we started the morning with the first viewing of the day. My kids were super entertained-highly recommend if you have kids in the group.

Then we walked around town. Creek Street was by far my favorite area.

This little area looks exactly like I imagined each and every Alaskan town to look. Cute little houses, a stream running right through town where you could see the fish jumping, and some darling stores nestled in as well.

I’m telling you-my FAVORITE town was by far-Ketchikan.

Day six was our last full day. Our ship stopped in Victoria, BC, but there was a tiny little hiccup and we arrived a bit later than we were expecting. This happened to be our 17th Anniversary so we’d made a reservation at the steakhouse on the ship as a back up plan. Took a family vote and decided to eat on the ship. The views were absolutely stunning. {It’s kind of a theme on an Alaskan cruise.}

Happy 17th Anniversary to us!

I think our last dinner was my absolute favorite. We laughed, we talked about our vacation, we shared our favorites and even discussed the upcoming school year. It was one of those nights I’ll always look back on with the best memories!

And the next day we were back in Seattle.

I forced my crew to walk around the Market for several hours because we had lunch reservations at noon back at Matt’s in the Market {where Bowen, Tab, and I ate in November and enjoyed}. The catfish sandwich, hot bacon dip, and chowder were all amazing! Then we made our way to our hotel, caught an afternoon movie and got to bed early because our flight the next morning was early!

We had such a wonderful Alaskan vacation! It made us realize we LOVE going to somewhere a little cooler mid-summer when Texas is SO HOT! Alaska, you were absolutely gorgeous and we left with a ton of memories!

Remember if you’re considering an Alaskan cruise {or another international destination, Walt Disney World, or Hawaii} Mix and Match Travel would love to help you! Check out our website to learn more!

If you have any vacation questions, please send them my way! I have a vaca q and a post coming soon and would love to answer them all! Happy Thursday, Friends!


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  1. 8.18.22
    Dawn Timmons said:

    Hi Erika!
    I really enjoyed your Alaskan Trip Recaps. I have had the opportunity to travel to several places, but Alaska is still my favorite! The best word I have to describe Alaska is majestic. Everything is big there…the mountains, the glaciers, the whales, the bears, the birds, etc. God shows off His majesty everywhere you look! We were fortunate with amazing weather, which I realize is not always a guarantee there. The first time we took a cruise similar to your trip. Years later, we returned to take a land tour and see Denali National Park. That was amazing too. I encourage you to consider the land tour someday or a bus trip through the Canadian Rockies. Both were gorgeous trips. Even though there are lots of other places I hope to see, I would still love to return to Alaska again someday. Thank you for sharing your adventure. I enjoyed reliving the adventure through your pictures.

    • 8.18.22
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Dawn, that’s the PERFECT way to describe Alaska! MAJESTIC! I love that. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 8.18.22

    Those views and that weather! Both are spectacular!

  3. 8.18.22
    Rachel Kinneberg said:

    I so want to see Ketchikan. My husband was stationed on Annette Island right after we were married almost 20 years ago. They helped build a road for the locals on the island. One day we will get to do Alaskan Cruise. What an awesome family trip you had.

    • 8.18.22
      Erika Slaughter said:

      This is awesome!! Definitely the CUTEST Alaskan town by far!

  4. 8.18.22
    BF said:

    Hey Erika! Loved seeing the recap of this cruise! My husband and I are thinking of taking an Alaskan cruise for our 15 year anniversary. My question is this: having now taken a cruise, do you think that’s the best way to see Alaska? I like it because we get to see several towns and just like the option of being on a nice ship, meal options, etc. My husband would rather fly in and stay somewhere and maybe drive to some other places. Any thoughts?? Thank you!!

    • 8.18.22
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Hi Brooke! YES! I’m with you! Alaska is so spread out that it’d be hard to get to see/visit multiple towns by car. I think you’d probably need to take small planes and fly. You can see four different locations on this itinerary and I’d definitely recommend that over just a land portion.

  5. 8.18.22
    Stephanie said:

    I love the outfit you wore on your anniversary… so cute!! Do you like your Golden Goose sneakers? They have been on my wish list for so long, but I’ve heard they are uncomfortable. I would love to know your thoughts. Thanks, and looks like you guys had a blast!

    • 8.18.22
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Hi Stephanie! Thank you! They’re the only real luxury item I’ve purchased when it comes to something really designer. I’m not into purses or that kind of thing. I have a couple pair I’ve collected and I think the Ball Stars are the most comfortable HANDS DOWN! The others aren’t as comfortable. Now, I can definitely wear them for lunch or dinner out or something but walking around a new city touring I wouldn’t choose them.

  6. 8.18.22
    Rebecca said:

    Love your trip recaps! Alaska looks amazing. Would you mind linking the two pair of jeans you’re wearing in this post? Love them! Maybe in a future post? 😘

    • 8.19.22
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Rebecca! Great minds! It’s in the line-up for next week!

  7. 8.18.22
    Sheaffer said:

    Oh man, I’m sad it’s over!!! Great recaps of an awesome trip!

    • 8.19.22
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Awww…thanks, friend!