September 1, 2012

Adventures in the Northwest - Tracy Arm & Juneau, AK

The next day we enjoyed a morning of Scenic Cruising in Tracy Arm.

We were amazed at the number of icebergs!

We got to a point where we couldn't go any further because there was too much ice. And, we all know that icebergs and giant ships don't mix. Thank you Titanic.

Please pardon this picture - Can you tell we were tired?

90% of the iceberg is under the water.

I love the panoramic feature on my camera!

You can tell how huge these mountains where. We were on the top deck of the ship and the mountains still towered over us.

As we made our way back out of Tracy Arm, a sister ship to the Star Princess that was the exact same size was making its way in.

This really put the vast mountains into scale for us.

Since we had seen them carve fruit it only seemed fitting to watch the ice carving!

Later in the day we arrived in Juneau, Alaska.

We were set to go whale watching. The bus that was taking us out to the whale watching boat stopped and let us take pictures of Mendenhall Glacier.

We made it to the whale watching boat and headed off to find some whales!

Three hump back whales!

Love getting to see one with a white tail!

One boat that was a lot smaller than ours had whales come up right beside them. I was slightly jealous until I realized those whales could easily turn over a boat of that size. So I was more than content to view the whales from a distance. 

On our way back to land we spotted a TON of sea lions.

The bus then took us to Mendenhall Glacier

Luckily this was the closest we came to a bear!

This piece of the iceberg broke off and they brought it into the visitor's center. It is over 200 years old!

Another park of the park around the glacier was this stream that was full of salmon swimming upstream. If you look closely in this picture you can see the splash of the fish.

And, again here.

And, here you can barely see the salmon himself just swimming away. (All fish are boys right?!? Not sure why I called it a him!)

Now if any of you know my husband, you know he has a goal to make it to all 50 state capital buildings. Seeing as how we were in the capital of Alaska, the trip wouldn't be complete without this picture below.

Marked Alaska off the list!

And, as we walked back to the cruise boat I found this bear. I was content with see fake bears over real bears!
Up Next: Skagway, AK

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