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July 2011

Juneau and Whales

After visiting Mendenhall Glacier, we boarded our third Allen Marine chartered cruise. It was billed as an evening of whale watching. We were told that one in ten trips, an Orca (Killer Whale) is spotted. We saw four. It was cool just to spot them (even if they never did the Sea World jump out […]

Mendenhall Glacier

Our catamaran took us back to our ship which had now traveled up to the Port of Juneau. We had a little time to relax, clean up and get ready to visit the Mendenhall Glacier. This is arguably the most noted glacier in alaska. Being in the capital city helps. It is visited enough that […]

Tracy Arm

  I was up early Friday and noticed these floating past our balcony. Our ship had ventured into the Tracy Arm (basically a very large fjord), home to the North and South Sawyer Glaciers (which were one prior to their retreat. To get a feeling for the sheer size of the mountains on the sides […]

Sitka (with Otters, Eagles, and Puffins)

After seeing so many Harbor Seals sunning on ice floes (go figure), we were excited to go on a smaller excursion. We ventured into the quaint town of Sitka, situated at the edge of the Sitka Sound with pretty dramatic terrain. The local fishing is going well. Here is an early morning crew with nets […]