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    • Day4

      Rainforest Sanctuary in Ketchikan

      July 18 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Nach meinem Frühstück zog ich mich warm und regenfest an und um 6:30 Uhr bin ich von Bord gegangen. Ich hatte die folgende Tour gebucht: „Rainforest Sanctuary Nature Walk, Totems & Eagles“ und war gespannt. Es nieselte und war grau, das ist wohl das normale Wetter hier. Yay.

      Unsere Busfahrerin Lori erzählte uns, dass es 5 Arten von Lachs gab und dass es möglich ist, sich auf eine Art beim Angeln zu spezialisieren und nur diese zu fischen. Die Lachse sehen nämlich unterschiedliche Farben. Man kann also seinen Köder so wählen, dass nur eine Art davon angezogen wird.
      Sie erzählte uns auch über das Wetter in Ketchikan. Im Winter ist es recht mild, Temperaturen meist über 0 Grad und wenig Schnee, dafür viel Regen (noch mehr?🙄) und Sturm. Wenn es so windig ist, passiert es immer mal wieder, dass große Bäume sich nicht mehr halten können und umgeblasen werden. Das liegt an dem flachen Wurzelsystem. Die Erde in Alaska ist die reichhaltigste der Welt, jedoch hat man nur 2 bis 4 Fuß Erde und dann kommt harter Steinboden (bedrock). Die Bäume müssen also in die Breite wurzeln und nicht tief.

      Im Regenwald (diese Luft!!) war es ganz bezaubernd! Viele Pflanzen waren überdimensional und besonders grün.
      Es gibt im Regenwald sogenannte „nursing logs“, das sind Baumstämme, auf denen andere Pflanzen wachsen. Nicht nur Moose und Pilze wachsen dort, sonder auch Sträucher, manchmal Bäume. Ich habe einen Baum gesehen, der im Stamm eine Art Höhle hatte und das Holz war darin anders gefärbt als der Rest: das war der ursprüngliche Nursing-Log, der nun im Inneren des neuen Baumes weiterhin existiert.

      Viele der Bäume hatten Kletterspuren von Bären. Die Schwarzbären auf der Insel können Bäume sehr schnell und geschickt hochklettern, deswegen besser nicht auf Baum flüchten ;)
      Spuren von Bären sah ich überall: Umgeknicktes Gras, Tatzenabdrücke im Schlamm, „Bear trails“ in der hohen Wiese und herausgerissene Wurzeln vom Skunk Cabbage (sieht aus wie überdimensionaler Feldsalat): Diese Wurzeln essen die Bären gerne nach ihrem Winterschlaf, denn sie fungieren wie Dulcolax😂 klar, nach Monaten im Winterschlaf ist die Verdauung etwas träge.

      Überall sahen wir eine besondere Art von Nacktschnecken: eine Banana Slug. Unsere Guide hat wohl mal an ihnen geleckt (😂) und ihre Zunge wurde erstmal taub. Diese Nacktschnecken haben eine besondere Haut, quasi keine Pflanze kann ihnen was anhaben. Auch nicht der „Devil‘s Club“, welcher feine Dornen mit Spikes an den Blättern und Zweigen hat, die Slugs essen trotzdem. Für uns keine gute Idee, die Dornen haben Widerhaken, dann folgt Entzündung und allergische Reaktion usw.

      Wir haben auch eine Lachszuchtstation gesehen. Die Befruchtung und das Aufziehen wird dort übernommen. Wenn die Fische etwa 5 cm groß sind, werden sie in die freie Wildbahn entlassen. Es ist in ihren Genen, immer wieder an diesen Ort zurück zu kehren, um sich fortzupflanzen. Direkt danach sterben die Männchen.
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    • Day14

      North, to Alaska!

      August 15, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      Up this morning we walked around downtown Juneau. This city, the capital of Alaska has only about 31,500 people. The economy seems to entirely revolve around the cruise ship industry. Today, there were four ships in dock, and this occurs every day! There are a heaps of tourist shops on the dock area, and hundreds of people frequenting them.

      Cathy needed some time to do some school marking, so Paul and I caught the local bus out the the Mendenhall Valley, and took a very pleasant walk to the Glacier. We saw red salmon in a stream, and the glacier was impressive. On the way back, through the drizzly rain, we saw a mother bear and her three cubs... very special. We took a 4 km walk through the forest, which was gorgeous. It was raining, but I think it is a rare day that it does not rain here.

      Tomorrow we catch a ferry to Glacier Bay and Gustavus.
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      Traveler

      This is a very cute picture

      8/20/17Reply
      Beth Vogelzang

      Haha, there is actually Glacier behind us...

      8/20/17Reply
       
    • Day56

      Downtown Juneau, Juneau

      June 4, 2015 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      Eine kleine Cessna hat uns von Skagway über Juneau nach Gustavus (Nationalpark Glacier Bay) gebracht. Eine andere Möglichkeit gäbe es auch gar nicht, da der Ort nur aus der Luft und sonst noch per Schiff zu erreichen ist. Das schlechte Wetter hat uns einen ziemlich holprigen Flug beschert, dennoch konnten wir von oben schon die unglaubliche Schönheit der Landschaft von Alaska erahnen (der eine mehr, der andere weniger. Stimmts Rahel? ;-)).Read more

      Pascale Haefeli

      Rahel sieht etwas angespannt aus, Michi aber ganz locker:))

      6/11/15Reply
      Michi und Rahel

      Ja war sie auch. Man konnte sie nicht mal ansprechen :-)

      6/11/15Reply
       
    • Day29

      Ferry to Juneau, Our Last Ferry Stop

      August 24, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 12 °C

      Ruth and Steve headed off on the next leg of their journey early in the morning and after an easy start to the day we had another wander around town before catching the Fairweather to Juneau. This ferry was a catamaran and a lot faster than the Matanuska and the Malaspina.
      We have an Air BnB in Juneau, a small and simple studio on the bottom floor of a beautiful home on the hill above the downtown area. The pine covered hills of Juneau are directly behind and above. It's in a great position and guess what. It's raining! Who'd have thought. But we are Alaskan now and walking in the rain has become second nature.
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    • Day19

      Alaska Museum, Juneau

      August 31, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      Walking along the waterfront, we head for the state museum. It's permanent exhibits trace Alaskan history and social life. Exhibits include the First Peoples of the region; the importance of fishing and whaling to the native culture and the state's early development; Alaska's interaction with Russia and the US; then the place of Alaska in WW2 history.

      From the beginning of 1940, the US ploughed considerable resources into Alaska to defend US territory. The building of the Alaska Highway, military installations, airports and harbours were all erected swiftly along with a communications system. Alaska became a strategic part of the defence of US soil. In 1942, the Japanese invaded and took hold of Attu and Kiska, 2 of the Aleutian Islands. It wasn't until 1943, they were regained and it was from there that bombing raids were made on the Japanese Islands.
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    • Day6

      JUNEAU

      May 30, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 12 °C

      Today the weather is scheduled to be 3 degrees so lots of layers for our Whales, Mendenhall Glacier and Rainforest Trail day. Whilst waiting for our trip we chatted to Cheryl and Ted from Texas, then were loaded onto our bus and met Tayler from Gastineau Guiding, our guide for the day. We travelled out of town along a very scenic route until we reached the marina which was surrounded by snow capped mountains. We boarded our vessel which was specially designed for whale watching and were introduced to Captain Lee who put his 'foot on the gas' to whizz us out to a quiet area to try to spot some humpbacks. Meanwhile Tayler talked about the migration cycle of the whales and how they are up in Alaska from about early May until September to feed up on the plentiful supply of krill and large plankton. In the autumn they head south for the warmer waters of Hawaii for mating and carving but there is no food supply there so when the whales return the following autumn, they are very hungry after their 3000 mile swim! We spotted at least 6 whales, we saw their spouts, hump backs and tails but unfortunately no breaching. We also saw some seals. It was a really sunny day with blue sky and the scenery was fabulous and apparently we were very lucky to have such great weather in Alaska, there are only 44 clear days here a year.

      We returned to the coach for a quick snack and drink and were then off for a rainforest walk and viewing of the Mendenhall Glacier. Tayler explained that the glacier is a river of ice, always moving and flowing downhill. However due to climate change the glacier is retreating at an ever increasing rate. The forest trail we walked on was once part of the glacier but is now a 'new' forest, only about 100 years old, closer to the glacier lake. When the glacier retreats the first thing to grow is moss, then alder, followed by spruce then western hemlock (MASH). We arrived at the glacier lake and saw several icebergs floating on it, some tinged blue. The Mendenhall Glacier is 13 miles long but only 3 miles are visible. We started to wander back and saw a porcupine. Tayler told us about a platform that overlooked the lake which was used for people to observe the bears coming to the water to eat salmon. It had been discovered that the more aggressive male bears didn't like to be around people but the female bears seemed to realise the people were behind a wire fence (in a cage! in fact it is just a waist level fence) so they are happy to come and feed and bring their young and they don't feel threatened or attack. Just as I was discussing with a fellow guest whether or not the little package on the floor was bear poo, a mum and 2 juveniles turned up and happily wandered around and ignored us all - fantastic to be so close to wild life. Well whales, bears, great weather and very knowledgeable guide make this a fantastic trip!

      When we made it back into Juneau we headed up to Mount Robson on the tram with Cheryl and Ted. We grabbed a coffee then set off on one of the short trails. There were fabulous views down into the inlet, ships and surrounded by snow capped mountains and with bald eagles souring around in the sky above. After the walk we went to the theatre, learned some Tlingit words and saw an interesting film about the Tlingit (native people).

      We descended into Juneau and did a little retail therapy before returning to the ship. Juneau is the capital of Alaska but the road that runs 50 miles ends in a dead end sign at both ends so it is isolated from the rest of Alaska.
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    • Day15

      Alaska Capitol Building

      July 30, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Off the ship at Juneau and a short walk through town, we went to visit the Alaskam State Capitol building. A chap called Kirk kindly guided just Ben and I around in a whistlestop tour of the building and the legislative chambers, where Sarah Palin was once governor.Read more

    • Day14

      AT SEA

      May 7, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Monday, May 7th, weather 7degrees Celsius, mostly sunny, ships clocks set back 1hour at 2:00am.Spent time exploring and finding our way around ship. After lunch went to movies saw "Murder on the Orient Express". 1st Gala Night 4 course meal. Listened to Blues Music also entertained by 2 pianists playing and singing,brilliant. When we arrived back to cabin there was an elephant made out of towels.Read more

    • Day19

      Juneau, AK

      August 31, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 11 °C

      The capital of Alaska, the permanent population is around 32,000 and grows to over 45,000 in summer. Most days it's raining.

      Our trip by jet boat to Tracy Arm Fjord and the Sawyer Glacier is cancelled en route due to adverse sea conditions. We are disappointed but better off safe. So we head for the free wifi available at the public library. Then it's off to explore the town.Read more

    • Day15

      CRUISE SHIP - JUNEAU

      May 8, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Tuesday, May 8th, 21 degrees Celsius. 6:00am lots of dolphins swimming beside ship.
      6:30am speed boat came out of nowhere and pulled up along side ship (pirates) lol, later captain told us 3 pilots came on board. At 8am 8degree Celsius. Came ashore 2pm. Our tour guide did a walking tour, we shopped, we rode tramcar to Mt. Roberts. Saw a Bald Eagle "Lady Baltimore". Now sitting in library as only free WiFi. Will return to ship soon for evening meal. Will set sail at 10pm. An amazing warm sunny day.Read more

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