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Nugget Creek

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  • Day23

    Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau

    August 7, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Back in Juneau, we grabbed the Glacier Express and headed up to the Mendenhall Glacier. The scorching day (28° by the time we departed) gave beautiful views of the glacier and surrounding forest but sadly I think it was too hot for most of the wildlife to come out except for some huge dragonflies. We wandered the walking trails before returning to town for some beers and for Ben to have a massive pickle!Read more

  • Day8

    Retreating glacier and WHALES!

    September 10, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    23C in Juneau today - unusually warm and sunny, and we’re so far North!

    The Juneau Ice Field feeds a number of glaciers, and the tourist attraction is Mendenhall Glacier, about 5 miles out of town. When we were visiting, there were 15 coaches from the 4 ships which were berthed up today. This glacier has retreated by 9,480 ft since 1957 - it’s a sign of something!

    Out on a large whale watching catamaran today, and, hurrah, we had several hump back whale sightings. With the beautiful weather and the fantastic, clear views, it was quite spectacular.

    Fewer pictures to upload today (the data connection is slow), but took less anyway - it’s much better to see a sight like a whale with you own eyes, rather than a viewfinder - and they always look further away in a photo than they really are!
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  • Day328

    Alaska - Seward, Juneau, Skagway

    August 7, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    After Denali NP we headed south to the coast and stopped in the cute little town Seward.
    The first day the weather hasn't been great so we did just a small walk to a river with loads of salmons in it. But unfortunately there was no grizzly around and the bald eagles didn't want to catch a salmon neither.
    For the day after we had planned to visit Exit Glacier and hiked up to the top to see the Harding Icefield. This place was really stunning. I've never seen such an ice mass before!

    Cause of the shitty weather forecast we changed our plans and skipped Kluane NP for now and drove straight to Haines instead. We were on the waiting list for the ferry to Juneau but lucky enough to get on the ferry at late afternoon. So we arrived around midnight at the campground and pitched our wet tents in the rain.
    The day after we rented three double kayaks to explore the Mendenhall Glacier. Unluckily the everywhere proposed ice cave collapsed last year. But the glacier itself was still worth to visit and kayaking was fun, too! On our way back Nick got a phone call from the campground's ranger who informed him that the campground is flooded and they have to evacuate it.
    Apparently this happens twice a year due to up and down moving of the glacier and then the water underneath comes out. This glacier isn't connected to a river or ocean but a lake where the water can't disappear so the area close by gets swamped.
    After packing our tents which were not washed away yet we had to look for a new place to stay. Maggy found a hostel in Juneau with a favourable price of 12$ per night. So we checked it out. The only catch here was that everyone has to do a little chore per day. But they didn't ask for more than organizing the cleaning supplies, cutlery or vacuuming a small part except the guys had to clean their toilets. 😅
    It felt good to stay in a warm and dry place again as well as having a long hot shower after tenting in the rain for the last couple of days.
    The next day we had to wake up really early cause we were supposed to check in on the ferry at 6:30am. Although it wasn't even assured that we'll get on it as we were on the waiting list again. But we made it. 😉

    In Skagway an old town which got busy during the gold rush we did a lazy day because it was raining again. For the next day they forecast slightly better weather so we waited with the hike to Upper Lake. The decisson was totally right and we got rewarded with an amazing view on the lake, mountains and glacier. 😃
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