Juneau was a bit of a disappointment. Mostly because of the weather and because we were staying near the airport rather than downtown with more to do and see.
Here is on picture from Juneau that gives an idea of the weather. This is the Mendenhall Glacier and a lake that I didn’t learn the name of.
From Juneau we took another ferry, the M/V Kennicott, and headed north again. This ferry was a little smaller and less fancy than the previous one. One of the stops on the way was the fishing village of Yakatak. We got off and wandered around a little. Here is a picture of the general store, which was surprisingly well stocked with anything you might need.
The end of the ferry ride for us was at Whittier. Here’s a picture of the port area with numerous small shops and restaurants.
We arrived in Whittier about 7:30am and were scheduled to leave by train that evening at 6:30. In that time we had scheduled a sight-seeing cruise of Prince William Sound. Here’s a shot of that boat, the Nunatak.
This was a 6 hour cruise around Prince William Sound where we saw glaciers, wildlife, a fish hatchery, and beautiful mountains. We also had a nice lunch on-board of crab cakes and pasta.
One bit of wildlife that was quite common were the Sea Otters. Here is a “raft” of them floating along watching us watch them.
The boat took us through drifting ice right up to the base of several different glaciers. Here is Surprise Glacier. We did see some small chunks of ice falling from the face of the glacier but none of the great “Sploosh!” kinds of events that you see in the documentaries
On the drifting ice at the base of the glacier were a large number of seals and sea otters. Here are some of the seals.
Near the glacier, high up in the rock someone spotted a mountain goat. Even with the 300mm zoom lens s/he was too far away for a really good shot but, for what it’s worth, here is the best of several images I took.
When we were heading back to Whittier we encountered several Orcas (killer whales) They were rather hard to locate when they surfaced and I made good use of the continuous shooting mode on my camera.
We got back to Whittier in time for a beer before heading to the train station. Here is the train that took us the 50-odd miles from Whittier to Anchorage.
We’ll be spending today in Anchorage and then we will head out, via rental car, to our next stop, Copper Center, AK. I hope to have Internet access there but I’m not positive.