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  • Day15

    North to Akaska

    September 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    The internet is very hit and miss so we can only cross our fingers that the posts update properly.

    It’s very quiet onboard, I’m told there’s only 1,300 people aboard, capacity for the ship is 1,432. It’s a small cruise ship compared to the others.

    We’re due to dock in Juneau early this afternoon. We’ll take a wander around then we’re booked in for the Salmon Bake @ 5pm. All you can eat Salmon, Lachlan’s very excited.

    But before all the lovely Salmon we listen to the cruise director talk about Skagway History - Dreamers, Schemers & Stampeders. Facinating history this little state has. I love they way they refer to the other US states as “the lower 48”.

    We’ve had a light lunch and decide to disembark the Ship....WOW, it’s raining bears & moose’s- we wait 20 minutes and it’s clear enough to venture out. Mums all dressed up like red riding hood.
    It’s worse than Melbourne - almost terrestrial rain then it stops for 5 minutes then down it comes again with gusty winds too boot.....
    We do a little souvenir shopping then decide this is crazy & head back to the ship.
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  • Day15

    Salmon Bake & Red Dog Saloon

    September 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    What an outstanding option to pick, driving to Salmon Bake in an old yellow school bus and seeing more of Juneau. This is one thing that has been added to the bucket list and ticked off all in one go.

    We arrive at our destination and you would think we were in the Deep South. BBQ cracklings away, running river beside the dining area that was all under marquees. Heaters and party lights plus a guitarist (Scott Ibex was playing the blues).

    It’s all you can eat starting with Clam chowder, then BBQ Salmon with all the sides. Corn bread, scallop potatoes, beans, wild rice & salads. And for those not consuming salmon there was chicken. Coffee, tea & homemade lemonade. Plus the bar had local beers. It was an amazing opportunity and I’m so glad we went.
    Relaxing listening to great music and just having fun, and just like anything it came to an end but on our way out in the bus we spotted a double rainbow 🌈 🌈
    Wow, just wow - hope this converts to a Tatts win 😁
    The driver then talked about the Red Dog Saloon, we hadn’t gone in earlier but when he mentioned that Wyatt Earp’s guns were on display we made sure we headed on in.

    How do you describe this joint:
    Sawdust on the floor,
    flags, money stapled to the ceiling..
    Mounted bears, Moose heads....
    Life preservers...
    There’s stuff everywhere....
    Guns in glass cabinets.
    People have signed anything & everything.
    And of course a country singer with a guitar. Plus the barmaids impromptu singing.
    So who are we not to sit and have a beer (root beer for Lachlan)

    Photos will never do it justice.

    What an amazing evening. Thanks for the laughs & memories Lachlan & mum 🥰
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  • 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

  • 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


    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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  • Day9

    Juneau - the capital city of Alaska

    August 27, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Juneau and the forecast was for another rainy day but instead we awoke to beautiful sunshine.
    We took the half day tour to Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls. It was worth every minute.
    A lot of walking the trails and plenty of salmon to see but we didn't spot any bears. Perhaps next stop?
    The rain forest was quite a surprise and something we weren't expecting in Alaska.Read more

  • Day6

    Ship on Stick!

    May 3, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 6 °C

    I somehow managed to win myself a 'ship on a stick' ... for those who haven't cruised Carnival this is one of those cheap plastic trophies that everyone wants to get their hands on! I never got one last cruise so happy to have gotten one today!

  • 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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  • Day15

    On the slow boat to Gustavus...

    August 16, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Today we are on a ferry heading to Gustavus and Glacier Bay. It's a four and a half hour journey and the weather is foggy and wet. Wet is normal for Juneau. They have a rain festival that goes from January 1 to December 31. Serious - saw the t-shirt, it must be true.

    We will be picked up at Gustavus and taken to our lodge...imaginatively named Glacier Bay Lodge.

    I'll add some pics on this journey as we go, if we can see anything through the fog!

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  • Day23

    Back to Juneau...

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

    Today, the ship docked in Juneau. We did not get off he ship, as we had spent a couple of days here last week, so had a very pleasant morning with most passengers getting off.

    Tomorrow, we have a full day at Skagway, where we have rented a vehicle and we will drive 110 miles to Whitehorse, which is Yukon country... Stay tuned!

    I've added some pics from various places...I can only put 6 pics per post, so enjoy these!
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Juneau City and Borough, Ville-arrondissement de Juneau

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