Monday, September 8, 2014

No Roads Lead to Juneau

Our second port of call brought us to Alaska's state capital, which is accessible only by boat or plane. Again, not a particularly big downtown area, most of which I scoped out during a morning run.  (How cool is it that I can say I went running in the capital of Alaska?!)  Time permitting, I would have loved to have ridden the tram almost 2000 feet up to the top of Mt. Roberts for a bird's eye view of the city.

We spent the majority of the day on a whale watching excursion in Auke Bay.  Plenty of gorgeous scenery again - seems like you can't go too far without seeing a glacier.

Lots of seals and an occasional bald eagle spotting

We had a pretty good showing of humpback whales!  Unfortunately we didn't get to see any breaching, but plenty of spouting blowholes and flukes.

We learned that every whale has an entirely unique pattern on their tail fin, making them identifiable. Not that Joe Joe would have noticed much from his perspective.  He might have gotten a little bored during the more than 3 hour tour.

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