We got up early to enjoy the gorgeous scenery that is Tracy Arm Fjord. We sailed through the fjord between 6 and 10am (Alaska time) and it was truly breathtaking. I had no idea such a place existed. Or I did, but to see it firsthand was awe-inspiring. The sheer size of it makes you realize how small we really are. Beautiful. We saw a couple of humpback whales and a bear on the shore but it was too small/far to see clearly. Wow, wow, wow.
We arrived in Juneau in early afternoon and went on an excursion to see the Mendenhall Glacier. We visited the glacier, the waterfall, walked through the surrounding trails. Following our informative visit to the wildlife sanctuary in Ketchikan, we were now able to identify the various plants and such on the trails. The glacier is receding – in increasingly high amounts…climate change is definitely happening.
After the glacier, we stopped at the salmon bake and enjoyed a fabulous meal. Fresh grilled salmon, baked beans, corn bread, cole slaw, pasta salad, rice…there was chicken and a few other options as well. For dessert we got to roast marshmallows over by the fire pits. We also visited the waterfalls up a trail close by. A local musician was playing all the while. It was a wonderful experience and the staff was friendly. Highly recommended.
We had lunch on the ship: I had the Key West salad (lettuce, avocado, orange, watermelon), rigatoni with tomato, mozzarella and basil and ended with a brownie sundae. Chris had a mixed Mediterranean mezze plate, also had the rigatoni and ended with a rhubarb tart. Dinner was the salmon bake and even though we missed dinner in the dining room, we were glad to have been able to experience the salmon bake. Fabulous.
We got back to Juneau and did some shopping. It was warm in Juneau – and we actually saw a bit of sun peeking through the clouds. We found our annual Christmas ornament – a small handcrafted mask with fur trim. Chris also picked up a souvenir that he’ll use every day – a honey spoon. I’m still holding out for a small souvenir for myself but I have something in mind – I need to find one that’s just right. 🙂 I’ll post pics of all our loot later on.
Tomorrow we’re in Skagway and will get to ride the train through the White Pass up into the Yukon. Excited!