Handy location right beside the bus loop in Juneau.
The walk along the highway from the last bus stop to the glacier was pretty enjoyable!
Our first glimpse from the road!
This is the view from the visitor's centre. We took the short hike along the shoreline to Nugget Falls, which you can see on the right side of the picture.
Great glacier viewing from the sandbar below the falls.
The "I was there" shot, photo credit: Dana Michaelson
This is the "Sindy was there" shot ; )
We lucked out and got a great cab driver back into Juneau who took us to a spot where we saw over 30 eagles in the tree tops, surveying the town landfill (which was out of view). We had a great seafood lunch, then we wandered around town, visited the beautiful Changing Tides quilt shop located in a historic building-turned-mall downtown and then made our way back to the ship. Here are a few pics from my saunter. The town is built up a steep slope, so some folks have a very long staircase walk to get home instead of a sidewalk! On one of the higher streets in town, the steel grate sidewalk is cantilevered out over the slope beside the road.
For such a small town, it was exciting to spot three independent book sellers!
I don't envy the homeowners at the top of this staircase on grocery day!
I love that these homes are connected by an elevated walkway sidewalk to their front doors.
The letter-carrier benefits from mail boxes at the bottom of the stairs!
A curb-side garden....condensation catchers or to keep birds out?
This truck just seems to personify Alaskan fishing town.
I took this staircase back down to the pier and our ship.
Next stop, Ketchikan! I was there 10 years ago on a cruise with my whole family, celebrating my parents' 40th wedding anniversary. The town was pretty much as I remembered it.
We only had 30 minutes to snap a few shots of town before Katie, Joan and I had a date with a zipline at Southeast Exposure. We weren't quite sure what to think when the owner of the company met us on the dock in a walking cast and crutches! She assured us that her ankle injury was from a hike while searching for a lost dog. That might have been the moment Joan started getting a little shaky.
The view as we pulled into the very long pier that can accommodate 4 cruise ships end to end.
Chief Johnson welcomes people to town from his statue on the pier 3 entitled "The Rock" by Dave Rubin.
Ketchikan's infamous Creek St., where back in the day a fella could find whisky and the company of a 'lady' to take his mind off of the incessant rain.
And now onto our adventure in the trees!! We were so lucky, only the three of us signed up for ziplining so we had the entire course to ourselves along with our fun guides Jeff and Cameo. We gasped, we laughed, we screamed. It was an awesome afternoon.
The safety talk. I just love their faces as Jeff demonstrates falling off (and getting back onto) the platform above us.
First stop, the ropes course!
Cameo sends Katie off on her first zipline!
Look who's conquered their fear and having a blast now!!
This is an incredible 700 year old cedar that was part of our the zip trek through the forest. It was pretty humbling to stand "in" this magnificent tree.
Just a short stroll over a wobbly bunch of 2 x 4's about 40' off the ground. No biggie.
Here comes Joan!
The second to last line takes you out to this 30' tower in the ocean!! So cool!
Jeff's doing some maintenance while we're out there.
And Katie's off to terra-firma once again.
After our zipping, I took a little climb up the 55' wall. It's been ages since I did any climbing and it was super fun until my right hand started to cramp. I managed to make it all the way to the top and ring the bell, yay!
And, that's pretty much it, folks! The week was beyond wonderful and I'm feeling incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to spend it with such nice women. The balance of creative time, fine dining, dancing, discovery and excellent company was just right. I never cracked my novel, but that's okay....I've got some beach time coming up this summer. Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into our Stitch at Sea.