Juneau

Trip Start Aug 17, 2007
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Trip End Sep 02, 2007


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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Today, we stopped at Juneau, the capital city of Alaska.  It was interesting to learn that there are only two ways to get into Juneau: by air or by sea.  We, of course, arrived by sea.  Unfortunately, the weather seemed to be worst than it was in Ketchikan.  It was pouring rain.  However, Colin was excited to have arrived because we had booked a shore excursion called, "Photo Safari by Land and Sea".  This tour was supposed to be designed with photographers in mind.  It was a very small tour - only 14 people maximum - which we liked very much.  When we disembarked from the ship, we met our tour guide at the pier, Chad.  We took a short bus ride to Auke Bay, just outside of downtown Juneau.  The first part of our "safari" was by sea.  We boarded a very small boat, which allowed the windows to be opened for photo-taking - rather than having to shoot photos through glass.  We saw lots of animals including bald eagles, seals (just their heads popping out of the water), porpoises, and humpback whales.  Chad offered some photography tips and shared some of his knowledge about the wildlife we were seeing.

The second part of our tour took us to Mendenhall Glacier.  The view was absolutely breathtaking.  Chad took us to various photo lookout points to allow us different angles of the glacier and the surrounding areas.  There was a lovely mist hovering above the mountains that surrounded us.  Along one of the nearby trails, we had a black bear sighting: a momma bear with two baby cubs were eating and napping under some trees.  It was an incredible sight to see.  Colin and I both enjoyed the photo tour very much.

After the tour, we headed back to the cruiseship for lunch.  Even though it was still pouring rain, we decided to walk around downtown Juneau.  On the way into town, we passed by the Mount Roberts Tramway.  Had it been a nicer day, I would have wanted to ride it up to the top.  But there were too many clouds and I knew that there would have been absolutely no view.  Instead, we strolled along Franklin Street and did some souvenir shopping.
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