Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

Mendenhall Lake & Glacier

Waterfall near glacier

Face of Mendenhall Glacier

Tongass National Forest (Temperate Rainforest)

View of Gastineau Channel from Glacier Gardens (GG)

Another view from GG

Glacial Gardens

Upside down tree in GG

Happy Birthday Chocolate Mousse Cake

The Island Princess docked in the port of Juneau at 6:45 am. Today is Robert's birthday!! After breakfast, we boarded a bus for yet another glacier tour and also Rainforest & Glacier Gardens tour. Mendenhall Glacier was formed during the Little Ice Age (3000 years ago) and flows 12 miles from its source in the Juneau Ice Fields and has a 1.5 mile-wide face. This glacier is within Juneau’s city limits. The capital of Alaska is accessible only by air and sea. There are no roads from the interior of Alaska that connect to Juneau. Back on board ship we attended a very interesting presentation by Libby Riddles, the 1985 Iditarod winner. Libby “braved a Bering Sea blizzard to win the grueling 1,100-mile dog sled race” and became the first woman to do so. Lobster was the most popular entrée on the menu for the 2nd Formal Night dining. Jeanne & Robert were both treated to chocolate mousse birthday cake with the Island Princess waiting staff singing Happy Birthday. The entertainment for the rest of the evening was a production with celebrity guest star, Adrian Zmed, along with the Islands Princess Singers & Dancers accompanied by the ships orchestra. After the dance production we went to see James Michael, a comedy magician. Both shows were enjoyable and entertaining.

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