I was excited to get to Juneau because we had signed up for a Whale Watch excursion. There were so many choices of things to do....but "Discover Alaska's Whales" caught our eyes. This excursion also did scientific studies of the waters, so we got to be a part of that, too. We collected water samples and checked for sea life...as stated in the excursion explanation... "Whale sightings are guaranteed, and you’re also likely to see seals, porpoise, sea lions and other marine animals, all while doing some significant good as you contribute to a whale research program. You’ll explore the foundation of the food chain by drawing plankton samples in a touch tank." I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
|Cy looking at Juneau from our deck.|
|Juneau with low clouds covering the mountains. It was stunning!|
|Some Sea Urchins We Collected while on the Whale Watch |
They were returned to the water after we counted them.
|Thar She Blows!|
You can see the whale blowing out carbon dioxide as it surfaces for air. It looks like a small geyser.
|This is a dorsal fin of a whale. It is swimming on its side and waving its fin out of the water.|
|Even when there were no whales to see...the scenery was awesome!|
|Another dorsal fin. This is a humpback whale. I was hoping to get a picture of the tail.|
|YES!!! Even though the tail is almost in the water....I was still thrilled to|
be able to get a picture of it.
|Another tail shot! This gives you an idea of the size of the whale. I am glad that boat was there.|
|This was the best I could get of the back of the whale. It did not want to breach for me...but I know those|
photos are rare when going on a whale watch for just three hours.
|Another tail! There is also a small sea lion to the left of the whale.|
|This looks like the whale is saying 'good-bye' to us.|
The next day we cruised to Skagway. We had signed up for a 'new excursion'....called "Bridge, Brew and Brothel." We took a bus to this long suspension bridge where we also had a lunch of chili, bread and beer (I chose a soft drink since I don't like beer...but Ray chose the local ale.) After our lunch we walked to the bridge and crossed over the Tutshi River. It was so exciting to feel the energy of that river as it tumbled over the rocks below. I don't think my sister would have liked walking across the bridge though. She does not like heights...and this bridge also had a mesh bottom so we could see the river by looking straight down.
|This was taken along the way to the bridge.|
|These are called 'Enukshuks'...people stack rocks here. This reminded me of the place in Sedona where there were hundreds of stacks of rocks. We made our stack and took a picture of Cy next to it.|
|Here is Cy with the Enukshuk that we built.|
|I am getting ready to cross the bridge. It was a bit nippy that day so I wore |
a big headband to cover my ears.
|I am halfway across the bridge!|
|Rae and Charlotte went with us on this excursion. Here I am helping Rae cross the bridge.|
|Scenery on our way back to Skagway|
|More beautiful mountains|
|The scenery was captivating.|
|We returned to Skagway and visited the Red Onion Saloon where we learned the history of the brothel there |
and got to visit the rooms upstairs.
|Good-bye Skagway....we are on our way to Glacier Bay!|