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Sep 8, 2013 - Day 23: Juneau Experience

Wow, what a day today - it was the true Alaska Experience. Paul and I got on a ferry today from Haines to Juneau. We left the pick-up and camper behind (yes!) The only ways to get to Juneau are by plane or boat. They have 90 miles of roads in and around Juneau, but no roads that go out to Canada or the rest of the Southeast. Southeast is what Alaskans call the small strip of land that goes south beside Canada. We went over some rough water, but not too bad. On the boat also were people who had gotten on at Skagway. The captain was an...

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Aug 31, 2013 - Alaska- Sitka

Sat Aug 31 The boat docked in Sitka at 8:30 am. The crew lined up on shore to bid us farewell with high-fives, hugs, and handshakes. It’s amazing how close you can get to people you just met (both crew and fellow passengers), but we’ve had a lot of experiences together, ate all our meals together, and had lots of time to chat. This is a well-orchestrated crew; over the past week they have herded us in the water, on land, and on deck, like the novices we were (or 9-year olds we felt like); kept us organized, safe, and entertained; and now...

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Aug 30, 2013 - Alaska - Glacier Bay National Park

Fri Aug 30 Our last full day. The activity call came over the PA system, as it does throughout the day. “The 8:30 kayaking group will meet in 15 minutes on deck 3, bring your mangoes and layers.” Mangoes are the color of the life vests we wear for kayaking. We have two other life vests, big honking orange ones in case the mother ship goes down, and smaller orange ones for skiffing. The activity call for skiffing: “the 1:30 skiff & hike group will meet on deck 3 in 15 minutes, wear your boots, layers, and bring your rain gear.” Sometimes it...

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Aug 29, 2013 - Alaska - Glacier Bay National Park

Thurs Aug 29 At 7:00 am we heard the call, ORCAS! We jumped out of bed like it was a fire drill, grabbed the binocs and cameras, and witnessed orcas at their best! We have seen so many humpbacked and orca whales this trip! Better than any whale watching tour we’ve taken in New England by far. But then again, there are many more whales in the Pacific than in the Atlantic. And we saw harbor porpoises. They look like miniature orcas, but they never surfaced, we could see them just beneath the water, swimming so fast we couldn’t keep track of...

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Aug 28, 2013 - Alaska - Glacier Bay National Park

Wed Aug 28; Bright, some clouds, some blue sky 70s Breakfast: French toast, eggs, and bacon. Denis, always the techie, toured the engine room and was fascinated. Judy did some stretches with Gabriella, the yoga coach. Our morning activity was to kayak Fern bay with our energetic and fearless leader, Indie. Young sea lions frolicked in front of our kayaks, then they followed us for a while. One swam under our kayak and gave us quite a bump! We felt honored. There is a lot of kelp floating, we tried not to disturb it. There are many different...

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Aug 27, 2013 - Alaska - Glacier Bay National Park

Tuesday Aug 27; Sunshine! Followed by high clouds 60s Eggs Benedict for breakfast (yummy!). Our morning activity was a “Skiff & Walk” to Lamplugh Glacier. We disembarked and walked near (but not on) the glacier to see the waterfalls and ice blocks that the tide washed ashore. Parts of the glacier are covered with gray rock dust that makes it look dirty. Glaciers can melt from the inside (caused by cracks in the glacier) , and that is what is creating the waterfall in the video. There was a large block of clear ice sitting on shore that is...

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Aug 26, 2013 - Alaska - Glacier Bay National Park

Mon Aug 26, Rain. Fog. Clouds. Did I mention rain? Today the boat traveled to Bartlett Cove to pick up Ranger Andrea at Glacier Bay Lodge. She will stay on board with us for several days as a resorce to us and will give a lecture or two. Whenever we leave the boat, whether to go kayaking or go ashore, we have to move our magnets to the "ashore" column on the right. When we return, we move our magnets back to the left column. This is how the crew keeps track of us. While docked, several of us took a hike on one of the lodge’s nature trails,...

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Aug 25, 2013 - Alaska - Glacier Bay National Park

Sun Aug 25, rain rain GO AWAY!!! Busy day! Glad we’re doing this before I get any older. Breakfast buffet included fruit (perfectly ripe!), egg soufflé, great bacon, bagels, English muffins, oatmeal, yogurt, and muffins. But no time to linger…we signed up for activities and off we went. We chose to go on a skiff adventure, in the rain (no activity cancels due to weather), to Icy Straight. Alaskans have a saying, "there's no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing." This was my first time in a skiff, and I was sitting in the...

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Aug 24, 2013 - Alaska - Glacier Bay National Park

Sat Aug 24 Juneau Goldbelt hotel, rain, board the Wilderness Explorer Last day of shopping for a while. I found a soapstone bear and a glass salmon; Denis got a scrimshaw moose on walrus tusk; and we had it all shipped home. We ate lunch at the Twisted Fish (good food). Shopped some more, and I found a pair of halibut earrings that I had to have since it is my new favorite fish. There are a lot of jewelry stores in Juneau, they follow the tourists...after the season closes in Alaska, they will open shops in the Caribbean. Their prices are...

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Aug 8, 2013 - In Juneau day 2

We went for a drive to look for Antique shops, we found a few, then checked out the Alaskan Brewery. We also visited a local cannery and found out we could get the cool Halibut poster we kept seeing everywhere at the offices of the Alaskan Seafood Marketing Institute. They promote Alaskan Seafood throughout the world. We found them and we were able to get the poster, and literature on the sustainability of Alaskan Seafood as well as a plethora of recipe cards and booklets. Cant wait to cook up some of that yummy Halibut we caught! Later we...

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Aug 7, 2013 - In Juneau day 1

Fish Hatchery #3, and the biggest one so far. Those Salmon are pretty amazing. The amount of Salmon at this one was crazy, and we of course took the special tour that got us backstage tickets to see the processors extracting the eggs from the female fish, we also got to see the tanks where they keep the fry until they get big enough to release. We went into town and checked out the tour ships and the gift shop crap (all the same stuff everywhere). It was a rainy day, so we relaxed for most of it.

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Aug 6, 2013 - Skagway to Juneau

Packed up again, and visited the Jewel Gardens in Skagway. Beautiful gardens, we got a lot of ideas for different garden arrangements. They also had a glass works there and had demonstrations of glass blowing. Last minute shopping to get some really cool mugs that we found earlier, then off to the Ferry dock. Long ride on the Ferry, took about 6.5 hours to get there. We arrived around 10 p.m., while waiting for B to get off the Ferry I noticed a girl who was on the boat hitchhiking, I went ahead and told her I would give her a ride (my...

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