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A view of the rainforest
A beautiful journey into the Inside Passage in Alaska. We went kayaking, hiking, whale watching and had a grand old time on the MS Endeavour.
Flying to Juneau
We flew on a quick island hopper from Missoula to Seattle, grabbed a quick terriyaki dinner during our 40 minute layover, an then flew the rest of the way north to Juneau. The landscape out the window is beautiful, white, snow-capped mountains with blue ocean and forested steep hills plunging into the water. It is absolutely stunning.
We arrive …
Juneau and Embarkation
We wandered around Juneau today for 6 hours. A quaint gift shop town. While it felt like being in a mall all day, it was fascinating at the same time. The big celebrity cruise ship was in port and the people swarmed the town from 11-3. We bought our gifts in advance, sent a postcard, ate a quick lunch, called on our cells to say good-bye one last …
Glacier Bay National Park Headquarters
Rise and Shine early! We heard people doing the “wellness walk” this morning at 6:45 AM outside our cabin – yay. Needless to say, we had opted not to participate, but ended up getting woken up by it anyway. We stumble down to breakfast at 7:30 Am (yes, we started that early today). Breakfast was pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, …
Glacier Bay Kayaking
This morning we woke up even earlier at 7 AM to get a jump start on the day. After a hearty breakfast we broke off into our assigned groups (we had signed up for activities the day before). Jens and I were in the first kayaking group. We headed to the aft deck to get our gear and then board our tandem sea kayak. We sit in the kayaks on the aft …
Elfin Cove and Point Adolphus
We motor back out of Glacier Bay and anchor near Elfin Cove. This morning they offer a short kayak, hikes and a dib boat ride along with a long “bushwack challenge” hike on game trails and then a long kayak to nearby islands. Jens and I choose the long paddle and set out after breakfast with all the other youngins on the boat (8 total …
Red Bluff Inlet and Bears
This morning we wake just as the boat arrives to Red Bluff inlet. As we come into the narrow passageway, we see a bear on shore hanging around our activities today are either a shot kayak or a dib boat ride, or a long kayak into the back of the cove. We opt again for the long kayak and set off in our same group, plus a few (after our great luck …
This morning we woke up in Thomas Bay, located just north of Wrangell and Petersburg. Here we dropped anchor for the whole day for some kayaking and hiking opportunities. In the morning Jens and I went out on the kayak again across the way to Ruth Island. The water was again extremely calm and the weather even a bit sunny. We spot some birds and …
Ford's Terror and Dawes Glacier
This morning we woke up motoring to Endicott Arm to kayak around Dawes Glacier, but the wind and ice conditions made it too difficult to do, so they turned the boat around and headed back down the arm to Ford’s Terror. Ford’s Terror is a tiny inlet that creates a tidal bore when tides come in and out. The expanse in the back of the …
Disembarkation and Return Home
We wake and eat breakfast before disembarking. We have 5 hours to kill in Juneau, but luckily the hospitality suite is available to us at the hotel for the day. We wander around Juneau some more before our transfer back to the Juneau airport and the journey home.
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