Westmark Baranof Hotel
Travel Blogs from Juneau
When I did the last blog on Juneau, we were at a restaurant in Prince Rupert, using their wireless and time ran out to add more photos. So this blog is to send photos for our last day inJuneau which is described in the previous entry. Enjoy!
(8/27/09 note: Hi - we are finally back in the US and able to use our air card. Unfortunately, the …
From Haines, we took the MV Marispina to Juneau, where we were able to take a taxi into downtown. Juneau (the capital of AK) sits at the foot of mountains and is only accessible by boat or airplane. It is a favorite port for cruise ships - there were five ships in port when we arrived. The downtown area by the water has been completely taken over …
... to place along the Alaska coastlines…to places like Juneau which are only accessible via sea or via air, not via connections to mainland roads. Now with apologies to my friends and family in Staten Island and Seattle and elsewhere for whom ferries are a way of life, for me they’re still a novelty…I LOVE ferries.
Having said that, I got quite an “as you go” education today, and discovered that turnabout is fair ...
... to the summit and less than 200 meters from our ship we saw a black bear feeding on berries in the bushes and also a Bald Headed Eagle perched on a tree. At the top of the Tramway we also saw a caged Bald Headed Eagle that had been hurt in the past and was unable to survive in its natural habitat.
At the top there is a visitors centre and restaurant and we had a good time there also looking at the various native objects on sale.
Kath's daily highlight: Seeing the spectacular Mendenhall glacier in its bright blue hues, and getting the backpack returned!
Kathy's daily lowlight: We didn't see any bears or moose. Forgetting the backpack on the bench.
Errol's daily highlight: Getting the backpack returned (that had the camera, my purse, travel books, etc. in it)
Errol's daily lowlight: Me forgetting the backpack on the bench.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center