My parents happened to have scheduled a cruise to Alaska a year or more ago. It was by sheer luck and planning that we were able to meet up for a day in Skagway while their cruise ship was in port. Seeing my folks after four months was certainly a highlight of my time in Alaska. I do miss their company.
In May 2014 I quit my job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 55'000 mi and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of my own meals, I keep the costs low and the landscape changing.