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Perseverance Trail
We arrived in Juneau in the late morning and made our way into town to the visitor centre. The main town centre is about 15 minute drive away, so unless you're here for an extended time, it's hard to visit the town if your ferry is only at the dock for an hour or two. One woman we saw at the visitor centre had been on our ferry but was only at dock for a couple hours. She had gotten a ride into town, but was now trying to figure out how she could get back quickly enough so she didn't miss the ferry!

The Juneau visitor centre has free wireless, so we ended up sitting a little creepily in the parking lot as we checked our email. We started our day full force and headed out to Perseverence Trail, an easy and scenic trail just outside of town.
Ebner Falls on Perseverance Trail
It leads you past Ebner Falls and has some great views of wilderness and forest. Keep your eye out of little signs of wildlife and you may be able to spot a mouse or porcupine or two. The trail is fairly flat, wide and easy to follow. Highly recommended for a nice walk!

When drove back into Juneau and parked so we could enjoy the town a litle bit more. We made a stop for gelato at Juneau Gelato and cruised the bookstore, where we picked up the Mile Post (a god send!) to help us navigate ourway through the bits of Alaska we would be driving through as well as the Yukon and northern BC. We make our way down to the water, where the cruise ship terminal is, and find ourselves in front of the dock-side visitor centre (different from the one we were at before). Though we were on a budget, we were more and more intrigued by the Tracy Arms day tour that had been recommended by the man at the bookstore.
Perseverance Trail
Soon enough, we found ourselves driving to the company office and 'inquiring' - but really signing up, for a tour for the next day. We were $130 down, but boy were we excited!

Before making our way to a campground, we headed to the Alaskan Brewing Company for a tour and tasting. It was pretty well done, and they're quite liberal with their beer tastings, as you can keep going back for more and try different brews. Their wall is lined with beer bottles from around the room, so pick a country, or your own, and see what kind of beers they have.

Since there was a Costco nearby, we stopped by for a cheap $1.50 dinner of hot dogs and pop. A gem for any budget traveller!

We had chosen the Mendenhall Lake Campground and were completely blown away by it's beauty.
Mendenhall Lake and Glacier from the campground
Alaska's state campground are the cheapest government campgrounds we would encounter on our trip at $10. For such a small fee, the campground had free firewood, flush toilets, free showers with hot water and an amazing location. The campground is situation beside Mendenhall Lake, which feeds into the Mendenhall Glacier itself. Depending on where your campground is, you can scout out the best spot and view of the Glacier that you can get just a few steps from your tent. And if you can't manage to get a spot with a view of the Glacier, the Lake is also very beautiful, especially in the dawn and dust light.

Make sure you check whether sights are already paid for by checking each stub attached to the sign post in front of the campground. The stub on the one we had chosen was folded up and we didn't see! Two of us started setting up camp while the other went and paid, and when we went to put the stub on the signpost (by this time our tent was up and sleeping bags were in!), we saw that it was already booked for the night!

We ended up having to switch campsites, and out of sheer laziness and not wanting to take down our tent and set it up a couple sites down, we literally lifted our tent and carried it down the road! It made for quite the picture!

The day was ending, and we relished in how perfectly it all seemed to work out.
The great migration of '08. We were forced to move our campsite a couple sites down after realizing ours was already taken! Laziness prevented us from taking down our tent. Note the sagging in the middle from the sleeping bags that were still inside!
We had done so much and we hadn't even had our full day in Juneau yet! Already loving the place, we were excited for our Tracy Arms tour tomorrow.
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Perseverance Trail
Perseverance Trail
Ebner Falls on Perseverance Trail
Ebner Falls on Perseverance Trail
Perseverance Trail
Perseverance Trail
Mendenhall Lake and Glacier from t…
Mendenhall Lake and Glacier from …
The great migration of 08. We wer…
The great migration of '08. We we…
Perseverance Trail
Perseverance Trail
Perseverance Trail
Perseverance Trail
Mendenhall Lake from the campsite
Mendenhall Lake from the campsite
Juneau
photo by: amudha_colaco