Wonderful, wonderful report. At first I thought the editing was garish and then agreed with you that cameras seldom get the shot that was in my mind. I loved the "pop" of the colors.
My wife and I are planning a to Alaska for next July. Her first. I went way back in 1989 on my 1976 BMW R100 S. After that I have had GS's.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Sail (ride) away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sails (windscreen). Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain