Juneau & Mendenhall Glacier

Today was a fantastic day., spent in or around Alaska’s capital: Juneau- a small city of 33,000 people.

We were on shore by 8. While Dale and Jan shopped, Glenn & I strolled. I enjoyed going through the Juneau museum.

10 am we regathered & took the Mt Roberts Tramway, a cable-car which takes you 500 m up the mountain – from which you can dine, gift-shop, enjoy nature trails and enjoy live music. The Alaska String Band (a family outfit) put on a wonderful bluegrass-folk concert which included some pics & commentary on Juneau’s history. I loved them so much – fiddle, mandolins, guitar, bass, close harmonies – I bought their CD & DVD. The others headed down the mountain; I enjoyed a lovely burger lunch right by the window – lovely views.

By 1.30 we were all on the bus to Mendenhall Glacier, one of Nth America’s most famous. It was a sight to behold. Two glaciers in two days!!!

The glacier is receding though; in 2011, it recedes by about 140 m. The misty, drizzly weather of the morning gave way to sunshine: which made Mendenhall all the more spectacular. This is grizzly bear country, so thoughts taking one of the trails soon evaporated. Even saw salmon in a nearby stream swimming somewhat arduously upstream. To cap it off, I managed a wonderful look at a bald eagle – wings outstretched, flying close by. This IS Alaska.

Before boarding our ship and taking a light buffet dinner; we had root beer drinks & a country singer doing the likes of Merle Haggard &. Hank Williams.

A really great day
Tomorrow – Ketchikan – salmon capital of Alaska.
Oh … meant to mentioned we celebrated Dale’s 3 Sept birthday last night – strawberry shortcake & all!

Cheers,
David

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