Juneau - Wednesday September 7 - cute, colorful views from the ship. We exit the ship at 10 for our excursion. it's a rainy intro to Alaska's capital. Not a big city at all. We board a bus and head to the Macaulay Hatchery. The life of a salmon is fraught with danger - the odds of living are ridiculously low. And yet, millions of fish manage to survive and make their trek to spawning grounds and return to this same place. Amazing nature story and miles of swimming involved.
Next stop - Mendenhall Glacier. Lovely park. We do a two mile roundtrip hike that involves stunning views. With a loud rush of water, we hear Nugget Falls. Clear air, gleaming blue ice glimmers in the distance. We are not close enough to touch the glacier. The path has us standing across the body of water. Refreshing stop.
Now on to my favorite - a real gem. Glacier Gardens. This guy had a vision - he converted a part of rainforest into a private garden and developed it into a wondrous place. The most creative aspect was the Flower Towers - upside down trees with the stumps filled with blooms. It's glorious
The tram ride is a two mile journey through the rain forest and up 580 feet. There's a towering canopy with ferns, lichen, huckleberries, blueberries and flowers below. This is Tongass National Park. One native saying - "When the grass turns to cotton, fall is forgotten. Winter comes." We could see that transition in September.
Back to Juneau by 3 with some time to walk around. I recommend a fish and chip snack break at the Alaskan Brew Company. Yummy and fresh cod.
Time to go board the ship. And conquer with another Name That Tune Victory. Yes, I'm bragging. I'm giving you something to achieve if you decide to cruise on Holland.
Each day gets better and better. What's in store in Skagway?