Goldbelt Hotel Juneau
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... and decorated our room.There was a guy painting the bottom of a staircase handrail yesterday to make it more white. They change the matt in the lift so it is emblazoned with the correct day (ie yest was friday, today it said saturday). Lyndsey thought they were just naming the lifts. "Oh lets use Friday today, Saturday was late arriving yesterday!!" The seas are choppy but seeing the dolphins riding the waves right next to our window at lunch was something incredible. Still no bears though! ...
... they are building rockets out of Legos. Elizabeth takes Kaeleb to Kids Club while the rest of the kids get their swimsuits on. The sun is bright, but the wind blowing off the glacier is cold. The kids swim in the enclosed Conservatory pool, splashing and playing with Piper as she floats in her inner tube. Steve finds Chris strumming on the mandolin on the Lido Deck, gazing out at the scenery. With Rob playing with the kids in the pool, Elizabeth, and Gen go down ...
... slide across our window at nightime. About half way up, the ship squeezes through a slender ribbon of sea called the Narrows which is barely a few hundred metres wide and 100 feet deep and can only be tackled safely at high tide. The channel was made navigable in the 20s by exploding a skyscraper-sized obstacle called Ripple Rock with approx. 1 million pounds of explosives, in what was (and still is) the World's largest non-nuclear explosion.
Despite a half ...
Tuesday, 26 May, Juneau
Juneau was made capital of Alaska in 1959. It was originally a seasonal fishing camp for the Tlingit people. Big changes came with a large scale hard rock mining industry then with a booming tourist industry.
We have had a lovely morning out at Mendenhall Glacier, Mendenhall Lake and Nugget Falls. They are about 12 miles out of town in the Tongass National Forest, beautiful with Alaska's state tree, ...
... into a lake that continues on as a large river. In the lake there were huge icebergs, we reached in and grabbed a bit of berg, about 1 foot high, and extremely brilliant in colour with many facets which enhanced the brilliance even in the near darkness. Back into the bus at 1900 for the trip back to the ship at 1930, where we met up with Gail and Grant for tea, which was a nice one again in the De Vinci restaurant, and ...