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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 28th 2017

Visited Mendenhall Glacier today. Phenomenal 3 mile trail to Nugget Falls. It was worth the sweat 😌. Explored parts of Juneau and took Rainy for a walk. Came home made meatloaf. Ate early so we could check out one of the breweries, only to find out they closed at 7. ???? To bed early - lots to do tomorrow. ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 22nd 2017

Not sure why this didn't get published but just saw it sitting there so time to get it done. The good news is that Sharon found where she had stashed her driver’s license and missing credit card. She’d put it in the computer bag so that it would be safe while boarding and wouldn’t get lost (Sharon – Actually I put it in there when John was in his frantic unpacking throwing things around the room so they wouldn’t get lost 😊 ). We started in the Lido, Sharon with her waffles with chocolate chips while I did the Continental thing with breads, cheese and lunch meats and a couple of chocolate milks to wash it all down. We were going whale watching, looking for those leviathans of the deep, those impressive juggernauts of Juneau that ... read more
Whale Blowing
Sea Lions

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau May 28th 2017

What has struck us about Alaska is how clear the air is. Perhaps this impression is influenced by the wonderful weather we've enjoyed? We pottered around Juneau in the morning. As capital of Alaska, although the population is only 32,000, it's not very touristy - diverting rather than an absorbing experience. And no, we didn't bump into Sarah Palin!! In the afternoon, fortified by coffee, we rode the cable car up Mt. Roberts. We took one of the so-called moderate trails at the top - too steep to be called moderate and the intermediate trail looked daunting!! Most of the snow has now melted at this level and we didn't see much wildlife, other than the occasional hovering bald eagle. However, the views were spectacular, and made the effort worthwhile!! You'll need to be content with ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau August 12th 2016

Friday, August 12th, 2016 Day 10: Juneau, Alaska - Ice Caves! Land Ho! Today, Renata and I are going on an exciting adventure to the Mendenhall Glacier. We are not driving down to the visitor’s center like most people. We are actually going to walk on the Glacier and hopefully see an ice cave. But first we have to get there. There are three ways to access the Mendenhall Glacier. You can take an expensive helicopter ride, a strenuous hike or a canoe ride from Mendenhall Lake. We decided to do the canoe ride. We met up with our guides Zee and Nick in Juneau, and then headed off to the entrance to Mendenhall Lake. At Mendenhall Lake, we put on our gear, rain boots, a lifejacket and helmet. Then we were off! It was a ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau July 28th 2016

Juneau – 28 July 2016 Juneau is the capital of Alaska with 30,000 people living over the 2nd largest city in the USA by area. The Mendanhall Glacier is the biggest natural feature in this area. There are no roads that connect the city to the rest of the world due to the rugged terrain that surrounds it. All goods arrive and depart by plane of boat. Cars arrive to Juneau via the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System- the floating roadway for Southeast Alaska. Tom went up in a float plane, flying over the city and surrounds, including the Mendanhall Glacier. Sheryl and I caught the bus to the Mendanhall Glacier and its Visitors Centre. By putting both out photos of the glacier together, we saw what a massive slab of ice the glacier was, even ... read more
Alaskan Inside Passage map coming into Juneau
Red Dog Saloon Juneau - Sheryl going in
Mendenhall Glacier from the Park view (5)

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau July 10th 2016

Today we are cruising to Anchorage from Icy Strait Point. We have been lucky in the weather so far. The sea is like glass and that made whale watching easy. On the way from Ketchikan, pods of dolphins stopped by to say hello. There were dozens of them, some swimming up close to the vessel. Our day cruising Tracy Arm had to be scrapped since the ice pack was too dense. Instead we went to Endicott Arm and the Dawes Glacier. The arm narrowed as we approached the glacier. It was a wonder that the Captain held the ship steady and pivoted, using his thrusters, so that we turned 360 degrees. Everyone on board had a good look. We went back to the room and I wrapped myself in blankets and watched the scene from our ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau July 7th 2016

i left Eugene, Oregon yesterday morning after celebrating the 4th of July attending my last day of the Olympic Trials and then going to one of the many wonderful brew pubs with my brother, sister-in-law and niece (who had arrived from Denver that afternoon in time to attend the Olympic trial events that afternoon). The last day in Eugene we had one final walk along the many trails and then a final lunch in a brew pub--s record number of beers on tap! I arrived in Juneau yesterday expected the weather was cloudy with off and on sprinkles and one real rain shower. My friend, Mary Jean arrived a couple of hours after I did and we enjoyed walking around Juneau and then headed back to our hotel fairly early....we packed our backpacks prepared for ... read more
Oregon brew pub
Mendenhall Glacier
Mendenhall Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau May 29th 2016

We have done so many things in the last week that I hardly know where to begin. Chronology may be one suggestion but that is too logical. By activity? Hmm. Again too logical. By awesomeness? Not possible. I'll just list things as they occur to me instead. Time and days have lost all meaning as I am now very rested and fully in holiday mode. The Polar Plunge. I had a very air-head moment the other day. The water temperature around glaciers is about 16 degrees. That's not too cold, my wee brain thought. The water at the sailing club is that in September when I have held the boat before a race. Hmm. That's not in Fahrenheit is it? Silly Margaret! Kel can tell you the difference because yesterday he jumped from the second level ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau November 21st 2015

R: It's really Cate's turn to write the blog, but she really didn't like Juneau, and to be honest, I havent got much great to say either. Its small, it is state capital, and has lots of administrative buildings along with a large cruise ship port and everything around there is closed as it is out of season. We arrived at 5am and had to wait to get into town as nothing was running and there were no cabs. We got directed to a coffee chain which seems to be local to Juneau, it's interesting to see here are none of the big chains here except Subway. We looked at the sights by about an hour in freezing rain then ended up taking shelter in a museum run by a bored old lady who had been ... read more
Russian Orthodox Church in Juneau
Nugget Falls
Rainy Historic Downtown Juneau

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau August 30th 2015

Click here for photos from Juneau At the start of several of these posts about Alaska, I've mentioned how it will be short because the photos for the day were scarce and dull, yet rambled on as if I didn't mean it. For this post of our day in Juneau I mean it. There were a paltry 25 pix that made it to the gallery from this constantly raining day, and not one of them is anything to talk about. So essentially we're done here, but I'll ramble a bit because that's the way I do. After a wonderful breakfast with our fellow travelers at Johnny's Cafe (in the back), we disembarked into the cold rain of Alaska, an excellent choice. The weather was so bad that I only brought the small Canon SX50. We were ... read more

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