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  • Alaska 2008: Day 4 (Juneau)

    Posted on June 12th, 2008 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    On day 4 of our cruise, we stopped in Juneau. My folks went off on a whale
    watching / glacier trip early in the morning, and my excursion wasn’t until
    the afternoon, so I was on my own for a change. I took a tram to the top of
    Mt. Roberts, walked around the town, ate lunch, and then it was time for my
    "Photo Safari". We took a special boat designed for photographers out into
    the inlets surrounding Juneau. After that, we had a land portion near the Mendenhall
    Glacier.

    Needless to say, lots of photos were taken — and you can see my favorites
    after the link.


    Morning view from our balcony


    My first activity was taking this tram to the top of Mt. Roberts


    It’s a pretty expensive trip up the mountain. The view is nice,
    but I’m not sure if it’s $25 nice.


    A more zoomed-out view of Juneau


    There was so much snow at the top that you couldn’t hike very far


    Cool stuff growing on this tree


    Back at sea level, I walked past the Westerdam, which is larger than our ship,
    and similar to the Noordam that I sailed on two years ago


    Here’s our ship


    Downtown Juneau


    Definitely an old city


    An old Russian Orthodox church


    The State Capitol building is sort of underwhelming


    I like the statue though

    Now, onto the Photo Safari by Land and Sea!


    We saw quite a few humpback whales, but no orcas


    The tail on this one looks pretty beat up


    Lighthouse


    There’s lots of action at this buoy


    Getting up onto the buoy isn’t particularly easy


    My thoughts exactly


    A sea otter, a fairly uncommon sighting in these waters


    A good lookout spot


    The Alaska Marine Highway


    A salmon stream near Mendenhall Glacier


    Lupine, I think


    More cool stuff growing on a tree


    Mendenhall Glacier


    Love the blue ice


    A panoramic view of the glacier (view larger)

    Next up: Skagway and a trip on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad!

     

    2 responses to “Alaska 2008: Day 4 (Juneau)” RSS icon

    • Great pictures till so far!! Alaska is gorgious!! Funny, today I saw the former main office of the Holland/Amerika lijn in Rotterdam….

    • You’re standing in many of the exact spots I stood 8 years ago. I was on the Noordham, which I found boring. Even the food was not as flavorful as I hoped, possibly to avoid upsetting the many elderly stomachs on board. Otters, sea lions, whales, and Northern Lights were cool, though. My friend went on a canoe/raft oriented Alaska trip that sounded more fun. And the moose hunters on the plane with me had a ton of film to develop, along with some cardboard pickup luggage that was leaking blood.