Alaska Wolf House
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... up the arm past the ice line and to the limit of the navigation
charts. A record close in to the glacier. So close we could hear the
ice pop and growl. I believe the Titanic was also a record.
We were invited to view the glacier
from the helipad in front of the ship. We stayed in our suite
however. Reason, it's warm and ...
... is eminent. The difference between 'ice' and a glacier is that the glacier is constantly moving at 30 inches a day.
We were driven by coach to the Juneau airport and had to watch a safely DVD then given boots to wear over our shoes and life jackets. Then we were divided into groups and it just so happened that the other four people on the helicopter were Aussies so we headed outside with our guide to board the helicopter. Once we ...
... for salmon. We had met some other Aussies on the bus and they went just ahead of us when on e of them waved to us to hurry as there was a black bear in the river. We watched this bear for quite while and were lucky enough to actually see it catch a salmon which I caught on video. This sighting had made our day already.
After viewing the Glacier from the Visitor's Centre, we decided to take a 3 hour round trip hike which ...
... to the Mendenhall Glacier. This was the only port where we didn't have a prearranged excursion. Nothing really interested us except for things that cost more than we wanted to pay. Tracy had been to Juneau in the past and said it was easy to get around. She was correct. It was well worth the $20 per person round trip for the direct bus with some interesting narration by the driver. As you enter the Tongass National Forrest where the glacier is ...
... brought thousands of prospectors to the region and turned an empty hillside into a town almost overnight. In order to process the low grade ore they needed mills, which required electricity. The steep hillsides enabled hydro power and Juneau was the first city in the US to be fully electrified. The discovery of gold in the Yukon further entrenched Juneau's position as the gold center of Alaska. By the time the gold ran out, Juneau was the capital of the US ...