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Jun 14, 2014 - Juneau

14-15 Observed an early parade of natives in their native dress in town for their biannual festival. Light rain again today and we are missing our sunshine. Good day to take on some domestic tasks. Back at camp and took a walk through the tenting area which is closer to Medenhal Lake. Great view of the lake and glacier. On way back interrupted a beaver doing laps in a pond. He or she slapped their tail twice but stayed around and rather close. Closer to our campsite there was a seemingly elderly porcupine walking along the road. He saw me...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Sitka to Juneau

Visited the Raptor Refuge and saw a number of eagles, owls and falcons. A small 3.7 ounce full grown owl was our favorite and would have taken it home except that one has to catch and kill mice for it to eat. Took the fast ferry back to Juneau and once again it began raining. On the way to Sitca we had seen glimpses of orca whales spouting and barely surfacing. On this trip I saw more of a couple whales and a full tail on one. Also saw seals and otters. Camped in the woods near Mendenhall Lake.

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Jun 10, 2014 - Wrangel to Juneau

10-11 Life in Wrangel even more than many areas of Alaska would be a very different life than what we have in the lower 48. The only way off Wrangel is flying or by boat. The ferry is not daily and is even less frequent during non summer months. Almost everyone seems to have a boat either at the docks or in their yards. Fishing and crabbing are an important part of life here. A preacher came in the early 1900s to start a Presbyterian church. He and a lady came to bring some moral direction and education to the natives and white pioneers....

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Jun 9, 2014 - A day in Juneau

June 9th 2014 Today we arrived in Juneau and we had pre booked a helicopter flight and dog sled excursion that turned out to be the highlight of our Alaska cruise. Juneau is not a big town/city but it is located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel with the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields at its back door. We had a coach to catch the helicopter to take us to the glacier where there is a dog sled camp with 180 huskies and 'Musher's' living for six months before they start their racing season. We...

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Jun 5, 2014 - Juneau

The ferry to Juneau was Thursday morning. We were on the Fairweather, built in 2004, 235 feet long. It make only day trips, no cabins. Arrived in Juneau in the sunshine. Got a spot in the National Forest at the foot of the Mendenhall Glacier. Drove downtown to see the city. Very crowded, several cruise ships were there. No place to park. The next morning after talking to the Ranger, we parked behind a local shopping center and took the city bus downtown. The capital building was on our list. Ate lunch and watched the boats in the harbor....

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May 30, 2014 - North To Alaska

We have arrived in Juneau after 2 days at sea. After we disembarked we were looking forward to our pre booked and paid helicopter/ dog sledding activity only to be told it had to be cancelled due to bad weather, very disappointed as we had really looked forward to this one!. Donna and I have been looking around the shops bought a couple of things and then had a drink now at the Library so as to get free Wifi. So far the ship has been a great experience , plenty of food , the house keeping boys are really good and look after you. You can...

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May 29, 2014 - FAST Ferry to Juneau

We took the ferry to Juneau. We arrived in the Matanuska but were going to Juneau in the Fairweather, aka the “Fast Ferry.” Fast? Yes, 36 knots at cruising speed about twice the speed of the normal Alaska Ferry boat!! And this is with a full load of cars, pickups, campers and big commercial trucks. The Fairweather is a 235-foot catamaran powered by four diesel-electric waterjets. The diesels generated 19,200 HP. Each diesel powered a 185 kilowatt generator. What an experience! You must take a look at the pictures. The turns made you sway....

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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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