Saturday, June 22, 2013

Alaska Cruise: Skagway (DOG SLEDDING!)

The next stop of Regent CruisesSeven Seas Navigator sailing the Inside Passage  in Alaska was Skagway, where I flew by helicopter to the glacier to go Dog Sledding! Here's a link to my photos.

Eurocopter AStar 350
This perfect day started at La Veranda (caviar and champagne for breakfast, what a great idea).

This Icefield Flightseeing and Dog Sledding Excursion was booked through Regent Cruises (Regent Choice tour for $439 per person). A van took us to the Temsco Heliport where we donned glacier boots (which slipped over our tennis shoes easily) and red safety vests. Away we flew to Denver Glacier and admired dramatic views of ice falls, ice rivers and glacial lakes.

At Base Camp, we met the dogs on our team before heading out into the hills. Four guests plus the Driver were pulled by a team of eleven enthusiastic dogs, and they love to run. We each took turns as Musher - thrilling. 

After the ride, we met a litter of tiny 14-day old puppies plus one very playful two-month old named Solo.

My new best friend
I did stroll through town and made the obligatory stop at the Red Onion Saloon.

The perfect day ended at Prime 7 where I enjoyed crab cakes and Alaskan King Crab Legs for dinner. They were the best crab legs I’ve ever had, so sweet and tender that no butter was required. It was served with truffled asparagus and truffled fries. For dessert, the 14-layer chocolate cake (which takes three days to make) was the right finale for such an amazing day.