Cruising (literally) through the fjord toward Sawyer Glacier (we, unfortunately, never reached it due to the icebergs like this one), the far-reaching mountains tops and deeply beautiful waters stretched a narrow course. As we passed icebergs and reached the open waters, Orcas surrounded the waters, and there were water spurts as far as we could see.

We woke up in Skagway, where we took a walk through town and met a guide for our hike – much preferable than spending all day among the fake gold stores and trinket shops.

Outside of Skagway (the only Alaskan town accessible by road that I visited on my 7 day cruise through the Inside Passage), Bob, our crazy mountain man guide, took us on a journey along the Chilkoot Trail near the ruins of the boom town Dyea.