Last day in Juneau

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Mendenhall Glacier
We would be leaving for Skagway later in the day, but since we had had such a great time in Juneau so far, we decided to make the most of our day. After another great night at the Mendenhall Lake Campground, and discovering several camping-inspired parodies such as:

"I see clearly now my headlamps on"
"Black bean singing in the dead of night"

We got up to see Mendenhall Glacier the more traditional way. We headed to the visitor centre just as it opened so it wouldn't be too busy and plagued with buses of tourists. This is when we realized we didn't actually know how glaciers work... Well, the visitor centre was great for that and we were able to finally learn quite a bit about their movement, their threat and their impact on the environment.
The view of the water from the Shrine of St. Therese
The visitor centre also has a great video on glaciers that you can watch. Post-education, we headed for the East Glacier Trail to get our legs moving. It's a nice trail that winds through the forest surrounding the area and you get some nice hidden views of the Glacier.

Before geting back to the glacier, we drove out to the Shrine of St. Therese, a tranquil spot by the water where some serious thinking can be done. The drive there is a quiet winding road, and though only about 15 minutes, had to be one of my favourite drives on this trip. I don't know if it was the rare quiet in the car, everyone thinking to themselves, 'Colorblind' by the Counting Crows playing in the car, or the sinking realization that we were in Alaska, but it was one of those moments that you don't forget.

Our ferry to Skagway left at 4:30pm and got into port 6 and a half hours later at 11:00pm.
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