June 18, 2015

Alaska Cruising {Day 3}: Excursion #1 Icy Strait

Our first excursion on our Alaskan cruise was Icy Strait, Alaska and it was the most quaint towns I've ever seen filled with fun activities and delicious food. We were up for breakfast early so we could be on one of the first crafts off the ship, because we had an early reservation on the Zipline  and we wanted to explore the town a lil bit before our ride.

The day was cloudy and cool, but not too cold. I actually liked the clouds in the back ground because it provided a pretty backdrop for all of our pictures. It was so cool seeing all the starfish up close in the water.

Picture of a selfie!
The selfie!

After we explored the shops we met up with a bus tour for the trip up the hill to the Zipline. During the ride we were given a history lesson on Icy Strait [all the tourist services are locally owned by native Alaskans, so cool] and were told to be on the look out for animals [no sightings, drat].

Once we reached the top it was a short walk to the ZipRider launch. Now, this is no AVERAGE zip-line. The launch is 1400' high and riders descend at speeds of up to 60 mph, soaring 300' above the tree-tops to the Landing Zone on the beach.

I managed to grab a video of the zip-line experience and I hope you enjoy it. Make sure you have the sound down low at the beginning because you'll hear some shrieking and screaming :)! So fun and so fast!

Y'all it was such a fun ride! So fast and so fun and soooooooooo beautiful. I'm so glad I was able to snap a few pictures on our way down,you can barely see Le Husband way out in front. Must be all that muscle weight.
How adorable is my 88 year old grandpa? You rock, T-Bone!

After our family conquered the zip line we continued exploring the base of Icy Strait and grabbed some delicious food. Seafood was EVERYWHERE and the size of fish and grab in Alaskan stunned me. People were literally bringing food in from the water below us while we waited to eat, it was amazing.
HUGE HALIBUT fresh from the sea.
While we were exploring the area we stopped for some amazing picture perfect backdrops.

Candid and classic, that's the Bradys.
Christmas Card Perfection!

Brady Totem :)

We all perused the rest of Icy Strait in our own lil groups and Le Husband and I happened upon this delicious lil doughnut shop. I was in need of a lil coffee pick me up so I grabbed a mocha [so good] and we got some donuts and tornado potato to share. My life is changed after experiencing the gloriousness that is a tornado potato, so amazing.

Most amazing potatoes EVER!

After our fun excursion it was time to head back to the cabin, check out our cute lil towel guy for the day and get ready for dinner. Our cruise ship had three extra restaurants on board that you could pay a small fee {$20} for a more restaurant-esque feel. Le Husband and I did a date night at the french restaurant and it rocked our faces off, no joke. We shared escargot, a bouillabaisse, duck and two incredible desserts [lemon creme sorbet and tiramisu], making it a top five meal for both of us. It was a fun date night atmosphere and we even saw whales out the window [spotted by yours truly].

Once dinner was over, Le Husband and I ventured up to the deck to take in the gorgeous sunset. The colors of the sun against the blue of the sky and sea were breathtaking and if you can believe it even more beautiful in real life.

When the sun went down we headed back inside for a night cap and then went back to our cabin to get ready for our next amazing adventure, Juneau.

Linking up with *megan* *kristin* and *annie* 


Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

That starfish is so cool and holy crab legs! Wow! You seriously make me want to go to Alaska girl! Although it looks pretty chilly haha!

<3, Pamela
Sequins & Sea Breezes

BLovedBoston said...

Now that is what I call a zipline tour -going so fast must have been so fun!!! I love that last sunset picture - so beautiful! There are just so many beautiful sights in alaska!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Alana Livingston said...

How fun! I have always wanted to zip line! Also, I love ran legs so I can't even imagine how good those must have tasted being so fresh...

Laura Marie Keenan said...

It's all so incredibly beautiful! And I love quaint little towns too! I really need to do this cruise!

Rachel Emily said...

These are gorgeous photos! That zip line tour looks like the most beautiful of all time!

Brianne said...

Those pictures are incredible! I would love to go zip lining. It looks like so much fun.

Jaclyn @ Love And Bellinis said...

Alaska has been on my bucket list forever and all these pictures, wow, I need to get there!!!

Sara said...

Gorgeous pictures! The zipline looks amazing. I would love to do a cruise some day. :-)

Shay from Great, Now What said...

These photos! Especially the sunset ones- gorgeous! I love that you got to zip line! Looks so much fun!

Mree said...

Such gorgeous photos. That zipline looks like so much fun.

Courtney B said...

What a PERFECT day! Such a cool experience to go on that zip line! Gah! I want to do this cruise SO BADLY! (That jacket weather is especially appealing to me right now, as you can imagine, ha ha!) I'm LOVING these recaps!

Katie Elizabeth said...

The Zipline looks like THE coolest thing ever!! So much fun! And all of the fresh seafood... I would be in heaven!

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Those sunsets! The fresh crab & fish! Ugh, I wanna go!!

Amanda Bullard said...

Wow! It looks like a great time!!! Love it all, thanks for sharing :)

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I still can't get over how amazingly gorgeous all your Alaska pics are! And that starfish is super cool, I never knew those little guys were all the way up there!

Julie said...

What a great zipline view - and those potatoes look amazing!

Stopping by from the link up!

Laury said...

So glad you enjoyed the area!! I loved living there and it is nice to see old haunts.

Julia said...

Ok I want a tornado potato now, lol! All of that fresh seafood looks amazing and the zip lining looks like so much fun!

Jess said...

Wow! That looks amazing. I want one of the tornado potatoes in my belly!

Sarah said...

I have to do that zip line! Going to take the same exact cruise you did so I can do that! Looks like fun!