If a 15 hour day was good yesterday, how about another long day, this time to Juneau and back. Fortunately, this fast ferry, as it is known, stops for whale and seal sightings. We are not to be disappointed. Pulling out from Haines, it is about a 3 1/2 hour trip to Juneau. Let's see what we find.
Notice we're enjoying yet another day of liquid sunshine! The sea life doesn't seem to care. They barely muster a yawn as we pull close.
Our first sighting or Orca! They aren't impressed and swim away very fast. We barely get this picture.
After docking at the small boat harbor, about 13 miles north of downtown Juneau, we board a waiting bus which gives us a whirlwind tour of Juneau. We tried to get some pictures of the more colorful parts of town on this gloomy day.
Now inside the Capital Building, we sign up for a guided tour of the capital. Our tour guide does a splendid job of showing us the highlights.
Finished with our capital tour, we take a walking tour until it's time to meet our bus. The town is teeming with tourists, as is evident with the cruise ships at the dock.
Our bus has now deposited is a few miles north to the Mendenhall Glacier. This is the visitor center of the U.S. Forest Service.
The Mendenhall Glacier turns out to be one of the more beautiful glaciers seen on this trip. The blue ice is evident, and it is interesting to watch it flow out towards the inside passage.
Back to our ferry dock, it's now time for the long return trip to Haines. Can't believe we will have gone on two 15 hour days trips in a row. We're feeling our age!
For further information: City of Juneau
For further information: Mendenhall Glacier
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