If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (brendakbird) you saw that my husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage in Alaska. Juneau is such an awesome place to go especially if you are in Seattle. It’s only a 2.5 hour flight.
I’m going to skip around a bit since my posting isn’t in chronological order. On our second full day there, Sunday, we were giddy with excitement. We hadn’t planned on this helicopter tour but when we got in touch with Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau and they offered us a helicopter tour with Coastal Helicopters we just couldn’t say no. We had planned on a day at a spa and a couples massage but we could get those in Seattle- a helicopter tour and walking on a glacier isn’t something you can always do. We say yes to adventure!
I’ll admit I was incredibly nervous. I am terrified of heights….you can add that to the list of things I’m afraid of. But I was assured it was just like flying in a small plane. The helicopter is enclosed to keep everyone in safe and sound- to my relief. We met up in town with a few other passengers and a van picked us all up to go to the station. There, we watched a safety video (you cannot use your phone as you are boarding the helicopter!) and they gave us boots to put on to help you walk on the ice. They then placed us in order of size to board the helicopter. I’m only 5′ so I sat right up front with the pilot and another gal. While it was very loud we had an amazing view!
I know I keep saying this but I am not a nature person so the fact that this was amazing to me means that it will be amazing to every non-nature lover alike. Haha! The forest trees. The glacial white and blue ice. The haze with pops of vibrant colors. Everything.
We landed on the glacier where the jagged ice varied in color from white to a vibrant blue where ice had caved. You are surrounded above by these beautiful green trees and right out in front of you is this sheet of ice that extends miles and miles. We ventured, me more cautiously than my husband, and could look into where the glacier I don’t know why we didn’t drink some of that pure glacial water!
So, we went towards the end of May and while I was ok with a rain jacket and sweater in the city I was pretty cold up on the glacier. I wish I had brought a hat and gloves with me….and a GoPro wouldn’t have hurt either. My hands were cold from holding the phone! Our pilot was awesome and was happy to snap some shots for us. I told him my vision and he snapped away.
Lorin was like a little kid. He was so happy up there in his home turf. Snow and mountains are his love language. While it would have been super relaxing and awesome to get a massage and get pampered, just seeing him so happy was totally worth it. Love is about sacrifice right? But in all honesty, it wasn’t really a sacrifice. I mean, I wish these pictures could do what we saw justice. This helicopter tour was more than just trite overused adjectives like amazing and incredible although I am not sure what else I could use to describe it. And it was even more memorable because Lorin and I got to do it together.
We got to make a fun video with the help of one of the employees who captured some video of us boarding the helicopter (See? Safety first!)