First Port of Call

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Mendenhall Glacier

After a day of cruising Glacier Bay, we ported in Juneau.  Looking out our window that first morning was such a jolt of excitement.  Seeing the gangplank going into this mining town.  All we could see in front of us was shops and a huge mountain.

We walked off the ship into downtown Juneau and experienced the Alaskan cold for the first time.  Being California girls we were not prepared for the bone chilling cold that is Alaska.  Knowing that we had to be on our tour bus shortly for our excursion to Mendenhall Glaicer and to go whale watching, we scooted across the street to the Alaskan T-Shirt Company for some cheesy suvenior shopping.

Whale watching in Juneau
  After browsing the nick-nacks and picking out a few silly items for friends, we made our way back across the street to board our bus.

We drove through Juneau out to Mendenhall Glacier to see our first real live glacier.  You always hear of the blue color that a glacier has, but seeing one in person is something else.  The blue is absolutely gorgeous.  Also, seeing chunks of ice just floating in the water is a site to see.  You think it's cold, then you see the ice in the water and think "holy crap, it IS cold."  After our trip to the glacier, we headed to the docks to board our boat for the whale watching trip.

During the whale watching trip, we followed a couple humpback whales that provided quite a show for us.  I saw my first bald eagle and there were a bunch of sea lions all over the place.  The wildlife was absolutely amazing and being out on the boat was so beautiful.

After the excursion, we headed back to Juneau to do the requisite shopping of all the kitchy shops.  After an hour or so, I had my fill of people and crowds, so we headed back to the ship to brave the boarding crowds and sort through our purchases.

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Mendenhall Glacier
Mendenhall Glacier
Whale watching in Juneau
Whale watching in Juneau
Its a tale of a whale!
It's a tale of a whale!
Seal rock
Seal rock
Juneaus main drag
Juneau's main drag
Juneau
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