Alaskan Cruise 2011

Day Three: Juneau, Alaska

Today the capital of Alaska and a two-part excursion: whale watching and a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier.

First we boarded a bus to a small port where we boarded the largest catamaran we had ever seen! The main deck was a large seating area, complete with a small gift shop and snack bar. Topside was the pilot house and observation deck. We saw several whales surface, along with their blow hole spray and a flap of their tail. Much too fast for my camera to react though. Also saw some wildlife, including eagles, seals, and a small family of bears on shore. Many pretty mountain ranges and glaciers off in the distance.

After we returned to shore it was back on the bus to the Mendenhall Glacier visitor's center. Beautiful glacier along with a bay full of ice chunks.

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