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Review from a 3rd Grader Part 3: Five Reasons an Alaska Family Trip is Awesome

Child on an Alaska Cruise

1. It's awesome! They never leave you on shore to just find something to do, they always plan activities and the activities are always fun. You can go kayaking, hiking, skiff touring, or bushwhacking, which is going on land and walking through the forest with a guide who tells you about the different kinds of trees, and plants, and animals, and what sounds the animals make. It's called bushwhacking because you whack the bushes because there's no trail.

2. It's awesome! The guides are always kind to you. They let you give your opinion and they give you lots of information. Sometimes the guides driving the skiff will let you drive the skiff or they might drive fast in figure 8s. It's like a roller coaster! Christian even gave me a piece of ice from the Dawes Glacier. 

3. It's awesome! The food is always good. They always have meat, fish, and vegetarian choices so if you don't like one you can always have one of the others. I think my favorite thing to eat was probably the garlic shrimp. They plate it really nicely and it always tastes great. It's always healthy except that there's dessert at both lunch and dinner. My favorite dessert was the AWESOME berry cobbler on the first night.

4. It's awesome! We got to have a whale watching day. We saw many whales, mostly humpback doing tail slaps, pectoral slaps, and breaching. I didn't see the breaching but lots of other people did. We saw harbor seals on the first day sitting on the ice bergs. We also saw a bear track on the Orchard Creek Trail. The paw print was about the size of an adult hand, but that was small for a bear. Michelle said it was a small black bear. Some people even saw a harbor seal pup, and we saw bears on shore one day! Real ones, not just a print.

5. It's awesome! They make you step out of your comfort zone and make you do things you've never done before. I had never been on a skiff before but I did it, and I've never driven one, for that matter. But I fixed that, now I have been on a skiff and I DID drive it. I had never paddled in a kayak before and I had never hiked without a trail. But I have hiked with no trail now, and I have paddled in a kayak. I had never eaten duck before, but it tasted just like chicken except more barbeque-saucy. 

Written by Cassie Garrett, 3rd Grade

So there you have it; a thumbs-up review from a third grader. Want to take your kids to Alaska? Call my Mom, Rachael Garrett, and she'll hook you up. Read more about my first day in Alaska and at the Chief Shakes Tribal House in Wrangell.

Your favorite little explorer,

Cassie Garrett

Cassie Garrett is the daughter of Rachael Garrett, our Alaska Program Director. Together they cruised the waters of Southeast Alaska on our Alaska Inside Passage Adventure: Eastern Coves.

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