Day 118 - Boat Ride to Juneau

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Pullen RV Park

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Today we wake up to heavy rain showers and we are scheduled for a 12 hour boat ride over to Juneau with a bus ride to the city, time to look around and have lunch and then up to the Mendenhall Glacier...doesn't look good for us...BUT, as had happened so often on this trip of ours, the weather breaks and we have a great trip and see lots of sea life.  Right near the harbor we see a humpback whale feeding.  We also see sea lions and harbour seals as well as Dall Porpoise.  And, about 20 or more eagles.  During the boat trip we are treated to a muffin, all the coffee, tea or hot chocolate we can drink.  Later on the trip back, we are given salmon chowder, a roll and a chocolate chip cookie.  The Captain and his daughter were wonderful and really made the voyage great.  He would steer right over to the wildlife so we could get a great view.

The weather turned out quite nice and we ended up with sunshine - so pretty lucky for us.  The Captain called the blue sky - "A failure in the Clouds" - funny!!

The bus took us to town, and we walked all over the place.  Lots of people with the cruise ships that come there so that's a bit of a pain.  We went to the Red Dog Saloon for lunch and that was fun.  Sawdust floor and piano player playing Scott Joplin!  Great!!

Unfortunately, as we were just starting out my big Nikon camera decided to quit - and I had an actual breakdown over it.  Three of the guys got it back to working somewhat, but the electric eye must be faulty, so I haven't been able to use it. 

Next we were taken to the Mendenhall Glacier, but we weren't  really given enough time to walk around so that was too bad.  It had also started to drizzle, so it wasn't as great as it could have been.  But, we were glad to have seen it.

Back to the bus, back to the boat and back at 8:00 p.m.  We made a stop at Haines on the way back, so it was nice to see that small town.  It is 15 miles between Haines and Skagway on the water and over 350 over the roads.

Our bus driver told us about the exhorbitant fees for bringing RV's.  If you go to Juneau, it's $1500 one way, but if you have to one of the southern ports you pay as much as $3500.  That would make the drive a lot easier knowing that!

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Virginia Patterson on

Each and every day it is a joy to read about your great adventure. Wish I could tell Fred all about your sights. Lots of memories for me. Ellie Doyle came by for a visit. So nice of her. V

Pamela on

Wonderful pics, as always, Sandy. So sorry to hear about your nice camera. Hopefully it will be an easy and inexpensive fix. This weekend was brutally hot here. It finally rained last night and cooled things down a couple degrees. We miss you. xoxo

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