A Travellerspoint blog

June 2010

Skagway/Haines

rain

It rained all day in Skagway! Some people took the White Pass Rail and had a good time. We went over to Haines on the ferry and took a tour out to Chilkoot Lake State Park which is the biggest rainforest in the world! We took a short hike and saw some pretty sites. And the air was so fresh and clean! We had hoped to see a bear but the best we could do was seeing bear poop! So one had been there right before we got there. This was the first time we have encountered mosquitoes. They were everywhere! We did get to see an eagle’s nest and several eagles. We also spotted a man in the middle of the river fishing. I don’t know if I would have been out there—the water was moving pretty good. We stopped at a hall in town and had a sack lunch that was really good. Then we took the ferry back to Skagway. It was formal night so the whole group got together to take a group picture before dinner. Then we all pigged out on lobster! Several people ate 2 or 3 tails!! It was good!!

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Juneau

rain

The gang at Thane Ore House

The gang at Thane Ore House

Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

Stellar Sea Lion checking us out!

Stellar Sea Lion checking us out!

These big boys came up right by our boat!

These big boys came up right by our boat!

Hangin Around!

Hangin Around!

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Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Another tail!

Another tail!

A Tail!!

A Tail!!

Big guy next to us!!

Big guy next to us!!

You should have heard everyone holler when we saw these!!

You should have heard everyone holler when we saw these!!

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Icy Strait Point & Juneau

Icy Strait Point was not too impressive yesterday. There wasn’t anything to do unless you got an excursion and they were expensive. Some went on Bear Watching tours but didn’t see anything. EJ went down the Ziprider. The walk to the town of Hoonah was 1.3 miles one way but there was nothing to see when you got there. The ones who couldn’t walk that far paid $16 per person round trip to town and were very disappointed when nothing was there.
Now today in Juneau was another story. It did rain all day but that is normal. It didn’t matter much since we saw WHALES!! The tour was awesome! Again Captain Larry came through for us and we saw I think the same 3 or 4 whales several times. Two were together and came up right by our boat. It was amazing. Sea Lions, Dall Porpoise and Eagles were other wildlife we saw. Everyone had a good time. After the cruise, 6 people went to ride a helicopter and land on a glacier while the rest of us went to see Mendenhall Glacier by land! It is a beautiful site even though it is receding dramatically. Then a group of us went to eat at the Thane Ore House Salmon Bake. They had a salad bar, salmon, halibut, ribs, beans and cornbread. Delicious! There was a neat museum also with things from the mining days. There were also eagles flying around there.
Something that has really been strange is sunrise and sunset times. Today here in Juneau, the sun rose at 3:59am and set at 9:54pm. I have been waking up at 5:00 every morning and it is daylight. Guess with the 3 hour time difference, my body things it is time to get up.
Have seen to production shows onboard with the singers and dancers and they have been great. Skagway on Wed. Hope to see more eagles and maybe some bear and other things!

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See Crab Sea Fishermen Work

Alaskan King Crab

Alaskan King Crab

Eagles

Eagles

Eagles were awesome.

Eagles were awesome.

Saw at least 12 and know there were more!

Saw at least 12 and know there were more!

EJ and Jeanette

EJ and Jeanette

Beautiful!!

Beautiful!!

Benny and Diane aka The Newlyweds

Benny and Diane aka The Newlyweds

Joe and Patti

Joe and Patti

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An OCTOPUS!!!!

An OCTOPUS!!!!

Dwight, EJ, Benny and I.

Dwight, EJ, Benny and I.

The pot of snow crab.

The pot of snow crab.

Benny and a spawn.

Benny and a spawn.

Dwight was wanting to cook this baby!!

Dwight was wanting to cook this baby!!

Bring them in!

Bring them in!

Flying by!

Flying by!

Bringing up the Pot!

Bringing up the Pot!

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Ketchikan, Alaska

overcast 60 °F

WOW!! The See Sea Crab Fisherman at Work excursion, from the Deadliest Catch show , was AWESOME!!! It was so cool to see them bring the pot up and it be full of king crab. We also saw an Octopus, prawn, snow crab and an star fish. The guys and gals were so nice and very informative. They answered questions from the crowd and after the show they let whoever wanted to come up and take pictures with them. One of the guys, Derrick, will be the show in the next few weeks. This was a wonderful tour and when you go to Ketchikan you just have to do this.
Sailing out to Icy Strait Point.

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