Juneau & the Mendenhall Glacier

July 9, 2017

 

 Hey, y'all!  I hope you're enjoying Alaska Month as much as I'm enjoying reliving all of my memories of The Last Frontier.  So far on our journey together we have visited Seattle, Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Skagway, British Columbia and The Yukon.  

 Today we're heading to the Mendenhall Glacier.  We took a quick 12 minute bus ride from the capital city of Juneau to Tongass National Forest.  You won't believe what happened as we were driving through the downtown streets!  A black bear ran right in front of our bus!  The bear was on a mission to chow down some skunk cabbage on the side of the road.  Our guide said it was his first black bear of the season.  It was such a cool sight!

 

 When we got to the park, we took the 2 mile hike on the Nugget Falls Trail.  The trail took us to the 377 foot Nugget Falls and the base of the Mendenhall Glacier. The view couldn't have been more photogenic with bald eagles flying around, the falls pounding into Mendenhall Lake and the glacier  as the backdrop.   

 

 

 

 

  

  The trails  of Tongass National Park were paved and simple to navigate.  The many loops lent incredible views of the various angles of the Mendenhall Glacier.   We spent a couple of hours wandering around the forest before heading back into Juneau to do a bit of shopping.

 

We said our goodbye's to Juneau as we sipped wine on our balcony and watched the sunset on the surrounding mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 On Tuesday I'll be giving you a glimpse of my favorite port, Ketchikan!  You won't believe how absolutely incredible it was!   Be sure to like me on Facebook or subscribe to the blog so you don't miss it.  See you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

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