Stranded in Glacier Bay

Let me start off by saying there could be worse places to be stranded for the evening. There’s a lot of emotions and exhaustion behind this entry almost to the point where I contemplated publishing it, but screw it .

Whoowee, last night we thought we would be at our hotel by 2030 but boy were we wrong. Welcome to Alaska and unpredictable weather.

We ended up waiting 4 hours (now making it a 17 hour day) for a flight that never happened. I’m not going to lie when I say the situation simply sucked. I realize it’s not truly as bad as it seemed, and it’s all apart of traveling, blah blah blah- but add only 3 hours of sleep in 48 hours to the equation and it’s nightmarish.

We had a hotel room booked again for the night in Juneau- we’re out of the money (at least our remaining luggage stayed the night haha), and now we have to pay an outrageous amount of money to stay at the only yuppie lodging in the bush village of Gustavus.

I was fighting back tears so hard, but I needed to stay strong for my family and not get upset in front of the children. Damn you sleep for making a semi-sane mother a little extra crazy.

Last night was one of those evenings that I just wanted to give up, hide and run away. It’s unfortunate that I sometimes have to keep reminding myself of how lucky I am and that I can’t let the lack of sleep get to my head (even though it did). My worst evening could be a day that someone is praying for.

Luckily throughout the crazy, adventurous, never a dull moment day our two kiddos made several new friends- another perk of traveling with kids! We really enjoyed the couple from Cali that we plan on meeting up with in October and the three sweet grandmas from England, Brazil and the U.S. that couldn’t get enough of our children. I’m so thankful for these strangers making our day even more bright and merry and for all of their help with the babies.

0600 flight early this morning finally got us back to Juneau at 0700 to quickly run by our hotel we stayed at the first night to grab our remaining luggage.

There are endless positive things that I can point out in my crazy ramble of a story (like a healthy family, I’m in freakin’ Alaska, etc) but the one thing we did right this trip was to not plan anything. Besides the ferry ride to and from  Juneau we have 8 days of doing whatever we want, so our entire trip isn’t off track due to a missed flight.

About to hop our 0900 ferry, stay tuned for more pics and stories!
A tip from the Travelin’ Tribe Archive:

(1) Make small talk with a stranger. We do this multiple times a day during travels and even when we’re not traveling. I’m not a very social person but I do enjoy meeting new people that we can call friends from all over the world. Their stories are always so intriguing and it brings more joy to our travels. The children also love the attention and interaction with new people so it’s a win-win for everyone.


Until Next Time,
Stay Wanderous & Wild
-The Mitchell Tribe




Oh just waiting on our flight status. This boy couldn’t stop smiling through all of the craziness!

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