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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau August 26th 2015

Hello from Juneau Alaska – state capital of largest state in the nation. By contrast, Juneau itself is comparatively small with only about 32,000 residents. But I’m getting ahead of the story. The ship arrived in port about 7:00 and we did not have to be ashore until 8:30, so we had agreed to meet the Sieberts for breakfast at 7:30. There were quite a few other people doing the same thing so it was fairly crowded in the Horizon Court. After last night you might think that we couldn’t eat much today, but we did a commendable job being able to select as much of anything we wanted from the buffet. Certainly we did not leave the ship hungry. We found our bus and the driver (Levi) drove us through town first. We saw the ... read more
2 Humback Whales
One Humback Whale
David & Janet

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau July 9th 2015

Returning to Juneau, the state capital, our most common hub and sometime overnight camping location for the last time was nostalgic and bittersweet. It was an overnight voyage and the glow of other ship lights and moonlit glaciers were dreamlike in their beauty. During the trip, we shared crowded seating with a family from our Haines campground. The Taylors, a dad, two sons and an adorable Australian Shepherd pup named Kelly were hauling a truck and boat for a month’s family vacation in Sitka from their home in Portland Oregon. The rest of their family would fly into Sitka to meet them. When we arrived at the terminal and had trouble getting a taxi to our Mendenhall Lake Campground, the Taylors swung by and offered us a ride. Their gesture turned out to be mutually beneficial ... read more
Mendenhall Glacier and Fireweed
Taylor brothers and Kelly
Arriving at Juneau terminal

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 24th 2015

When we considered traveling without a vehicle in the Inside Passage, we envisioned using Juneau as the frequent hub to most other ports, spending a few days at a time in this main city. After our experience with ferry location and taxis in Ketchikan, we anticipated that Juneau could be just as badly situated for independent travelers on foot. We weren’t disappointed. The ferry terminal, like many in Alaska, is not conveniently located near the town center. It is in Auke (“Ahk”) Bay, two miles from the last city bus stop and over 7 miles from downtown. There is reportedly town camping, which usually translates to tent sites pitched next to each other on a gravel field, with lots of noise and local drive by traffic, about a mile away from the terminal but we never ... read more
Bald Eagle outside Juneau terminal
Bill Harris and his kayak with Terry
Home Sweet Home

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 18th 2015

Geo: 58.3677, -134.58The.mist, the cloud and the rain all hung low over the harbour this morning for our return to Juneau but we knew not to let this dampen our spirits as we responded to the 5.45 am alarm call. It was helicopter morning and we scrambled to shower and layer-up for our glacier walk.We arrived at the meeting point after the gallop up the steep incline of the ramp with just two minutes to spare to hear them making announcements that the helicopter ride was cancelled. That was a little disappointing for about two minutes until Mac worked out it was the "other" helicopter tour that was cancelled...the dog sledding adventure. We were still on!We were given our preflight cards that ask for your weight estimates - now that was embarrassing and other than our ... read more
The Mendenhall from the air
Wired for the ride
Very chilly on the glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 17th 2015

Geo: 58.3677, -134.58We arrived around 9:30 PM on Tuesday, June 16th and eventually caught the shuttle to our motel in downtown Juneau. The next day we did not need to leave for the airport for our flight on to Gustavus and Glacier Bay until around 2:00 PM. That gave us plenty of time to walk around and see the sights of downtown of Juneau. We actually returned to the airport well before our flight left so had time to take a hike to a trail around the Juneau airport. Here are just a few of the pictures from that day.... read more
On the way to Juneau
Arrival at the Juneau airport @ 9:45
Juneau

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 11th 2015

Geo: 58.3677, -134.58Well, I ask you, "what next?" First it was his lip, now it's his fingertips. Mac woke this morning with all the pads on the fingers on both hands swollen and inflamed. It seems his fingers suffered hundreds of small lacerations in the crab feast. While I was twisting and turning the leg joints, sucking and slurping the crab meat from the body and monopolising the single claw cracker like a professional, in desperation to keep up, Mac was crumbling the legs, shells and claws with his bare hands and is now suffering the consequences.I ask you again, "What next?" All we could do was look on the bright side - at least they don't put you in quarantine for having ten bloated sausages on the end of your hands. We just had to ... read more
Mac doing daily temperature test
Yep, cold and wet
Chasing the view: breakfast in the rain

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 8th 2015

Our second morning at sea found us rising to see better weather than we’d experienced on our leisurely sea day. We could see blue skies out our window and we’d gained an extra hour overnight. I managed to finish the blog without losing any sleep and am well rested for today’s whale watching excursion. Over the loudspeaker the captain announced that the temperature was a balmy 58 degrees Fahrenheit and today’s forecast now had improved from his announcement yesterday of rain. It looks to be a fine day for whale watching. I finished yesterday’s blog entry and joined Sharon at mass. It was a small turnout and Father Peter asked those in the back to come forward. Today’s mass was very fast, even faster than the “Father Chuck” masses tells me of for her former priest ... read more
Westerdam docked in Juneau
Scientific Experiment on our Whale Watch
Whale Tale

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 August 3rd 2014

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau August 1st 2014

Geo: 58.3677, -134.579Characters, a rainforest, a glacier, a waterfall, real wild bear family and dancing with Sulley all in one day!!... read more
Goofy
Kirk diving
Duck!




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