Juneau was our first taste of Alaska, and it was just beautiful. We woke in the wee hours as we approached Juneau to start looking for Whales. Note one funny looking Aussie on the lookout......
We saw many water spouts, and watched as the huge shadow of a humpback whale floated near the ship. Unfortunately, the only photo was of him waving a flipper before he floated by.
We saw 3 orca's near the ship, and one turned it's white belly up for us. Again, no photos. I was too stunned to even think of it. Then we went on a whale watching excursion. Maybe those should be called whale chasing trips instead of whale watching trips. We did a lot of chasing. Wondering if there are a lot a paranoid whales out there ...... "Really, they ARE following me, they are always following me". haha.
I did get a couple photos when we came across a humpback whale and her calf. The naturalist on the boat was so excited when she saw the calf, as they had been wondering if this particular whale would have a baby this year. She could tell which whale it was by the fluke (tale) as those are evidently unique to each whale.
The landscape around Juneau was gorgeous. And we didn't have any rain, which is evidently unusual.
We visited the Mendenhall Glacier. Wow.
This is a waterfall that was beside the glacier. To give you an idea of size, look at the TINY dots at the base of the water....... those are people! Huge waterfall. It is over a mile away in this photo. Val was the adventurer and actually walked over to it. Well, more like speed walked over to it, and actually made it back to the bus in time.
There were eagles everywhere (though Skagway turned out to be the spot for eagles, as you will see later). Just looking up as we were walking, we saw eagles soaring so majestically.
Next stop -- Skagway. And the photos will be stunning. Stay tuned.......