Alaska is big and beautiful — loaded with glaciers, animal life, and snow-capped mountains — and visitors coming in droves to see it all. Sailing with Windstar Cruises, long summer days presented once-in-a-lifetime opportunities over and over again, from kayaking around icebergs in Tracy Arm Fjord, to watching harbor seals lounge nearby Aialik Glacier, to catching a ride in a helicopter in Juneau so you could go for a walk atop Mendenhall Glacier. As highlights from my time in Alaska show, Mother Nature has a knack for taking your breath away.
The News of the Week can be read every Friday. Bob Sassone rounds up the week's news in pop culture, books, food, technology, health, and current events, looks back at important moments in history, and gives a preview of upcoming holidays and events.