Alaskan Cruise Day 5 / Juneau, Alaska

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Leaving Ketchikan we followed another ship into the evening, through various channels and waterways until we lost sight. The mist swirled around the mountains, and glassy seas evoked a sense of calm. The sun broke through the clouds and set for hours. Bundled up, we enjoyed the performance from our balcony until the sun hid behind the horizon.

Early in the morning we awoke to sweeping views of Douglas Island. It is a small island located west of Juneau proper, connected by a single bridge dubbed by locals as, “The Bridge”. A quick breakfast in our stateroom, tender to port, and we were on our way. Our tour guide drove us down, “The Highway” to our next adventure, walking on a glacier.

Upon arrival, we suited up and boarded a helicopter, props still spinning from it’s last flight. As we approached the Mendenhall Glacier I began to feel increasingly small. Looking out the window I saw people and tents, so tiny and insignificant in comparison. My mind wandered. I thought about the tiny specks and how trivial humans are on this beautiful Earth, in this universe. It is a humbling thought, to say the least.

We landed and basic safety rules were covered. After a brief walkabout the tour guide demonstrated how to drink glacial water from the stream. After much encouragement, Aiden agreed to do it along with us. It tasted like water. With cold noses and hands we loaded onto the warm helicopter and returned to the ship.

32 thoughts on “Alaskan Cruise Day 5 / Juneau, Alaska

  1. When I was 16 we took a cruise to Alaska during this same time of year! Alaska was beautiful and I was glad to beat the heat from back home. We took a float plane over some glaciers but we didn’t land like you guys did! So cool!

  2. oh my gosh! this looks amazing! my husband served a mission in Alaska for 2 years so he has been dying to take me back. Looks like we need to go!

  3. Gorgeous scenery and your photography is amazing. This took me right back to the glacier hike I did–you did it the smart way going by helicopter! If I ever go again, that’s how I’m gonna do it. 🙂

    1. No, it wasn’t included. We had to book all excursions separately but could book them through the crusie line and shuttles/buses/etc. were part of it. So it was nice that we didn’t have to worry HOW to get to an excursion.

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