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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau August 5th 2014

Today is whale day and what a day it was. We docked in Juneau to beautiful weather and headed out to see whales. As we got off the bus and boarded the boat we saw 3 adult and 2 juvenile bald eagles fishing from the beach and the day just got better. This outfit really knows where the whales hang out and Captain Larry headed right there. Ross and Kelly were our narrator/guides and both we enthused about whales. Kelly was almost more excited to see them than we were. She told us to watch the sea gulls that were circling and when they dove into the water we WOULD SEE WHALES. And we did. She explained that these were bubble feeder whales and each member of the pod has it's job. They find a school ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau July 27th 2014

"The mountain are calling and I must go." - John Muir A little over two weeks ago, I couldn't stop staring at my coffee mug with the above John Muir quote on it. It was true -- the mountains had been calling for a long time and about two weeks ago, I finally got to see them again. On Saturday July 12th, I hopped on a plane out of Chicago and flew to Seattle to meet up with my mom and two older sisters. I hadn't seen my family since Christmas and was so excited to start my July vacation by spending some time with them. Due to plane delays, I arrived shortly after my sister who was flying in from Sacramento and was greeted by my family at baggage claim. From there, we hit the ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau July 7th 2014

Mendenhall Glacier was awe inspiring. See Facebook to hear and see what we experienced Kids said it was the best day ever but they say that every day. Their energy and enthusiasm is endless. All are at Juneau homes of the Alaska Youth Choir. Having wonderful times. Off to Anchorsge in morning. That 5 am meeting to airport rill come very early. But stablest uracil be light ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 12th 2014

Arrive Juneau (capital of Alaska) early. Tied up when we wake up. Today we have our first onshore excursion (and a real big one - dog sledding on the Norris glacier by helicopter). Breakfast and layer up with thermals, etc. Down to disembark and Geoffrey is waiting for us. Julie also got a late berth on this one so we have good company. About 10 others on the trip. On to the bus and fill out weights, waivers, etc. Hmm what weight do I use - gym weight or fully thermalled and layered. Short bus trip trying to keep Geoffrey under control - he is like a kid in the candy store. Get to the helicopter base and have to do real weights, safety briefing and then get life jacket and special glacier booties (great look). ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 26th 2013

Last day in Juneau and it was GORGEOUS WEATHER !!! Super sunny and 59 degrees. Took Flight 76 from Juneau to Seattle - 3hrs - slept the whole flight. Now in Port Orchard WA til Saturday morning- back in Austin to Decompress on Sat. Time Flies ~... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 24th 2013

pics from today the Historic Dalton Trail - where gold was discovered in Porcupine Creek nine miles away. As people came here to pan and mine for gold, the government set up a barrier that allowed only people that had 1 ton of supplies could get a permit (food, ammo, tents etc) - and it would take many of them the entire Spring to make up to 40 trips back and forth to get their 1 ton of supplies. I can only imagine what those days must have been like.... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 23rd 2013

from my phone today... read more
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mountain from the ferry boat

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 23rd 2013

Took lots of pics today drove around town and state parks, and stopped at THE HAMMER MUSEUM - museum of old hammers. There is this guy native to Haines that started collecting hammers, and now he is in his 50's and has amassed a lot of historic hammers. Many were from the 1800's and I was in awe at the collection that surrounded me. They were closed but let me come in and take some pics. They were cleaning up the place because they are hosting the Hammer Museum Festival next week. Yeah - it really exists. http://www.hammermuseum.org/ I have some kind of allergy that is kickin my ass - reminds me of cedar fever - but there are no cedar trees here. Plenty of other stuff though. Never have allergies. But it feels like the ... read more
Hammer Museum
Hammer Museum
Hammer Museum

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 23rd 2013

Today is Saturday and we took a ferry boat from Juneau to Haines - 4 hr boat ride, got up at 5am and left the harbor at 7am - got to Haines and drove 33 miles to The Roadhouse for Beers -and lo and behold the Seattle game was on TV!! Got to watch the first half and know that I left that bar confidently knowing Seattle would wind up winning. Visiting Justin's friend "Jonno" - who has a huge house in the wilderness. Going to be here til Tuesday, then catching a ferry back to Juneau. Really different vibe up here in Haines- even more different that Juneau. Super Self Sufficient people everywhere, who work odd jobs, or buy fix and sell stuff and pretty much live off the land. Don't use credit cards, live ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 22nd 2013

There is a large population here in Juneau of German descent. The Gold Rush brought many resourceful Germans here, and they have retained their heritage, both in terms of food and celebrations. And I got a chance to take part in their Octoberfest. The venue was located 800 miles above the main road - on almost the top of the mountain. We took a tram ride up, and that was really exhilarating - especially since I have developed a severe fear of heights in my old age. But I was calm, until the top when the wind blew the tram car around a bit. Once we got to the top, it was raining, and we headed to the lodge, where Justin G. was hosting an Alaskan Brewery Octoberfest party. It was great to see him I ... read more
AK Brewery Octoberfest
AK Brewery Octoberfest
AK Brewery Octoberfest




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