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Starr Hill

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  • Day23

    Back to Juneau...

    August 24, 2017 in the United States

    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!Read more

  • Day25

    A Feather Bed and Mendenhall Glacier.

    August 20, 2017 in the United States

    We arrived is Juneau around mid-day. Unlike outside most Australian transport hubs and for that matter most other places to which we have travelled there rarely are taxis or buses waiting at ferry terminals in Alaska. There are courtesy phones available at the terminals for acquiring transport either public or hotel shuttles but I didn't seem to have a lot of luck using the one here in Juneau. It kept telling me I was making a long distance phone call and that that was not allowed. On to my mobile and a quick call to our hotel and a shuttle was on its way. Once the shuttle arrived it was quickly full and we were to wait until the driver returned. Our hotel's company had two hotels near each other and it appeared that tonight they were going to be full. While waiting we chatted to a delightful young local and eventually we were on our way to Grandma's Feather Bed.
    Grandma's Feather Bed, yes, that was the name of the hotel I had chosen. And why had I made that choice. Well two reasons - one because it is out of town not too far from the both the ferry terminal and Mendenhall Glacier and the other reason? The name of course. Who could not resist sleeping at Grandma's Feather Bed.
    The room was very comfy if not a tad unusual. The shower recess was a glassed enclosure opening directly into the room. No body secrets between Neil and I and just as well. The shower hid nothing! It was also a fancy spa shower that came sans instructions. Neil and I both ended up having a luke warm shower due to not knowing how to operate it!
    Once settled we called a taxi and headed for Mendenhall Glacier. This glacier is perhaps one of the more readily accessible glaciers and hence was being visited by the masses. That, however, in no way diminished the magnitude, majesty or beauty of the glacier. Of course the rain although absent for a brief period while we were first wandering the tracks around the glacier returned and we beat a hasty retreat before we were drenched.
    For dinner we walked in the rain to a nearby restaurant/sports bar. On our return I decided that I knew a short cut! The return journey was a lot longer than it should have been and the rain got heavier!
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  • Day29

    Ferry to Juneau, Our Last Ferry Stop

    August 24, 2017 in the United States

    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.Read more

  • Day30

    Downtown Juneau

    August 25, 2017 in the United States

    We saw the sun break briefly over the hills above us before the clouds and mists closed in again. The showers were back but not too heavy.
    Juneau, the capital of Alaska, is a small city spread out between the foreshore and the mountains that line the coastline. She is a wet city, possibly the wettest in Alaska and hence extremely green.
    Just around the corner and down the hill a little we found an organic supermarket. Yep that time again. New Airbnb means a grocery shop. One of the downfalls of travelling and doing your own cooking is that some of the essentials of cooking you are continually buying as it is too hard to take any leftovers along you. This is particularly so if you are not going to another for a while.
    So groceries out of the way we wandered down the hill browsing the many tourist traps in the old town to the harbour. We were able to jag tickets for Tracy Arm Fjord and Sawyer’s Glacier tomorrow with Adventure Bound. Nothing like leaving things to the last minute. Thankfully we made it by the skin of our teeth with just a few places left. Along the waterfront we came across a cute statue of the hound, Patsy Ann. Rather than repeating the story the plague relating it is in the photos.
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  • Day32

    Last Day in Juneau

    August 27, 2017 in the United States

    Another overcast day! Such a shame. Juneau is such a beautiful city and I love to see it without the shroud of mist and rain. But it is what it is and we are lucky to be here, rain or nor rain.
    Today the Juneau Museum. Such a beautiful museum. Then our final downtown walk.

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