My Itchy Travel Feet | The Baby Boomer's Guide To Travel

Scenes From the Road: Alaska Highway Week Four

2013/09/21by Donna Hull

Alaska Highway Week Four is the final week of our Alaska Highway Adventure. And we’re spending it on the waters of the Inside Passage cruising the Alaska Marine Highway from Homer, AK, to Bellingham, WA. Due to damage at the Whittier loading dock, the original departure location, the M/V Kennicott left from Homer, AK.

M/V Kennicott on the Inside Passage

The M/V Kennicott, our ride on the Inside Passage

I might be smiling, but this travel princess and cruiser of small luxury ships is really wondering, “Where’s the champagne to toast our departure?” “Where’s the balcony in the cabin?” “Where’s Raju, our butler?” Seriously, I did enjoy the ferry ride down the Inside Passage. It even taught me to disconnect from the online world—that’s right there is no internet on the Alaska Marine Highway—and relax.

Donna's ready to ride on the Alaska Marine Highway

Standing at the rail, ready to cruise the Inside Passage.

The weather is changeable on the Inside Passage, but that’s part of the fun. Alan had plenty of opportunity to take moody photographs like this one.

A cloudy day on the Inside Passage of Alaska

Fog on the Inside Passage

The sun appeared for the sail into Juneau making it a photographic journey. All the photographers were at the railing when we passed Point Retreat. What a majestic sight!

Point Retreat on the sail into Juneau

Glaciers and a lighthouse…what a combination!

We’ve sailed into Juneau twice but have never witnessed Matanuska Glacier in all her glory. Alan couldn’t take enough photos.

Alan Hull photographing Matanuska Glacier in Juneau Alaska

The sun came out just in time for this glorious scene.

We didn’t have too many opportunities to photograph the sunset, but the weather cooperated on the last day of cruising the Inside Passage.

Sunset on the Inside Passage in Alaska

A beautiful last night on the M/V Kennicott

The last two times we’ve visited in Ketchikan it’s been a sunny, cloudless day. Maybe the citizens would like for us to return more often to this normally rainy destination in Southeast Alaska.

On the outskirts of Ketchikan along the Inside Passage

I guess you could call this a Ketchikan suburb.

This ends our Scenes From the Road: Alaska Highway photo essays. Did you see Alaska Highway Week OneAlaska Highway Week Two and Alaska Highway Week Three? Stay tuned as we begin to write in detail about our trip. Here’s the first article: Driving on Top of the World.

Read the entire collection of Alaska Highway road trip articles to plan your own trip. Boomer adventure guaranteed.

Have you enjoyed our scenes from the road? Soon we’ll be leaving on a trip to Italy’s heel, then returning to the U.S. on a Silversea cruise from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. Would you like for us to continue publishing scenes from the road? Let us know in the comments. As many of our regular readers know, we prefer to write articles after returning home when there is more time for research and fact checking; but we realize that many of you are curious about our trips as we are taking them and not all of you are on Facebook to see the photos. This is our compromise. Is it a good one and something that we should continue? Thanks for your input.


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

Previous post:

Next post:

About Us

We're Donna & Alan Hull. We KNOW boomer travel.

Since 2008, we've published articles and photographs focusing solely on boomer travel: where to go, what to do and how to do it.

Partner with us

Did you know that baby boomers purchase 80% of luxury vacations and adults aged 55 + account for one-third of all trips in the U.S.? We can help you to reach an audience of active boomer travelers.

Learn more:


Have questions? Get in touch.

The fine print:

Media Mentions

We're the undeniable experts on boomer travel.


Need a boomer expert for your publication? Get in touch.