Photo Friday: Alaska Buoys

by Don Faust on April 6, 2012

This week’s Photo Friday: Buoys used as home decor in Wrangell, Alaska.
Alaska buoys

This is the latest of our weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s #FriFotos theme is BALLS. We saw these buoys hanging in a window in Wrangell, Alaska, a community in the Inside Passage. It’s a clever way of decorating in a town that lives for fishing and the water.


March 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

by Don Faust on February 29, 2012

March 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Sawyer Glacier in Alaska
March 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

This is the latest in our 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper series. Get your March 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!  Pictured is Sawyer Glacier, located in the Inside Passage of southeast Alaska.  Choose the size that best fits your screen resolution. 1024×768 | 1280×800 | 1280×1024 | 1440×900 | 1600×1200 1680×1050 | 1920×1200 | iPad Next wallpaper coming March 31! Like this photo?  Friend us on Facebook for real-time photos, taken […]


Photo of Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska.
Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

This week’s Photo Friday (#FriFotos) theme is “best photo of 2011”.  While on an adventure cruise which sailed through the Inside Passage of southwest Alaska, Chris and I had the opportunity to take a small excursion boat to Sawyer Glacier, in the Tracy Arm fjord.  It was extremely misty as we boated through the dense […]


Alaska’s Inside Passage: A Day in Ketchikan

by Chris on September 23, 2011

Our Alaska cruise ended in Ketchikan, a town that’s downright charming (when the big ships aren’t in port).
Ketchikan, Alaska things to do

We disembarked from our Wilderness Discoverer cruise in Ketchikan. While some people on the ship were flying back home that day, we decided to stay an extra night to check out the city. Ketchikan is a mega ship Mecca. We witnessed four huge cruise ships go in and out of port in a single day. […]


Getting my kayak on in Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska
Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska

I had only kayaked once before my expedition cruise on the Wilderness Discoverer – and I hadn’t particularly cared for it. My husband and I had gone sea kayaking on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast – and I felt that we were going to be flipped into the water at every second. Not what I’d call […]


My first time fishing! Looking for coho salmon in Wrangell, Alaska
Wrangell Alaska fishing

Our InnerSea Discoveries cruise on the Wilderness Discoverer was more about outdoor activities than port stops. The ship’s Eastern Coves itinerary does stop in one town along the Inside Passage, the outdoor activity haven of Wrangell. Unfortunately, InnerSea Discoveries told us that there weren’t any more spots on the Wrangell daytrip that we really wanted […]


In which I try – and fail – to digital detox for a week.
Alaska, digital detox for a week

 My biggest challenge on my InnerSea Discoveries expedition cruise in Alaska wasn’t the extensive kayaking or glacier hiking or even fishing (which I did for the first time in Wrangell). No, I knew I’d have the most trouble with unplugging, in what was about to become a weeklong digital detox.  The InnerSea Discoveries website makes […]


Ever seen a glacier up close? A first-hand view of glacier trekking after a muddy hike to Baird Glacier in Alaska.
Wilderness Discoverer, InnerSea Discoveries, Alaska small ship cruise

The day after we viewed Sawyer Glacier from a respectable distance, the expedition leaders on the Wilderness Discoverer told us that we’d get a chance to get up close and personal with our next glacier, called Baird, on a glacier trek. I signed up for the slow hike so I’d have time to take plenty […]


Visiting Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm fjord, one of the amazing glaciers in Alaska.
Sawyer Glacier at Tracy Arm

My InnerSea Discoveries expedition cruise on the Wilderness Explorer embarked in Juneau and went south toward Ketchikan. Which meant that we’d be missing Glacier Bay in the northern section of the Inside Passage. But that’s OK, as the ship’s itinerary took us to Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Arm fjord. As our ship came around […]


First look at our Alaska small ship cruise on the Wilderness Discoverer from InnerSea Discoveries
Alaska small ship cruises, Wilderness Discoverer, InnerSea Discoveries

  I’ll be continuing coverage this week of my Alaska small ship cruise on the Wilderness Discoverer, an expedition cruise run by InnerSea Discoveries. The company bills itself as “the Uncruise,” with the ability to adjust its itinerary depending on the weather and wildlife. I found that we enjoyed this flexibility, particularly when the captain took extra […]