On the cruise there was a day when we cruised between Glacier Bay National Park and Sitka, Alaska during the afternoon, throughout the night and following morning (arriving in Sitka around 1 PM). On that stretch we experienced a pretty amazing sunset and the scene on what I think was Chicagof Island was spectacular. I have no idea what mountain range this was (unfortunately) but one of the boat’s captains was standing next to me as I photographed the peaks telling me that it was pretty rare that you are able to see them during the afternoon hours. Apparently, they are typically cloud covered (they are partially covered here) and thus cruise boats aren’t able to experience the sight of them because of the time we pass the island.
I got my hotels scheduled in Banff…in the future I need to be more diligent because I thought I had booked them but couldn’t find anything in my emails indicating that I did so it must have slipped my mind. I was shut out of Jasper (no room in any hotels) but was able to find some rooms in Banff (maybe the last one) and Lake Louise/Moraine Lake area. I’m disappointed that I won’t get to make it up to Jasper but I’m planning to spend some time exploring Yoho National Park which I’ve heard good things about.