Thursday, September 4, 2008


This is Juneau. Note the wet pavement, yes, it is drizzling and about 53 degrees. Hey, that's a bit warmer than Ketchikan the day before.
I wish we had taken more pictures in the city itself, but we hopped board a bus bound for the glacier.

We are walking toward the glacier...see it ?

Did you think this is what a glacier would look like? It is dirty, but I guess since it is millions of years old, it has a right to be.

Just 50 years ago the glacier covered the green area and this rocky area.

Beautiful blue Lupines everywhere, the Alaska state flower

After looking around Juneau a bit we are back to the ship to sail to Tracy Arm Fiord and head for the Sawyer Glacier

Hmmm... the deck chairs look pretty empty!

Beautiful scenery

These ice chunks are huge, maybe 30 feet long

Sheer rock walls

This is where the very large ocean liner is going. Looks pretty narrow.

Getting narrower, see ice chunks in the water

The chunks are getting bigger and more numerous. The Captain comes on the PA to explain that he is not comfortable getting any closer to the Sawyer Glacier because there is so much ice in the water. Fine with me, whatever the Captain says, lol.

Bob took this picture of the glacier with the Zoom. He is always thinking about my adoring public! Now we turn around and move back through the narrow fiord/passage. It is just breathtaking.

Tomorrow we will go to Skagway, Alaska and Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Bundle up for Skagway; it will be cold and very windy.


  1. OH WOW! All your pictures are wonderful! Hubby would love to take a trip there. I will have to show him your blog tomorrow. ((hugs)) Rosie

  2. It is beautiful country. I think it would be fun to take a cruise like this. Usually I'm into going somewhere tropical.

    Have fun! Susan

  3. What beautiful country janet! thanks for sharing these wonderful photos with us-I feel like I am right there with you!:) chris

  4. I have my coat, did you use your wellies? The melting glaciers make me sad, the flowers make me happy and the words...they make me smile.

  5. Unbelievable scenes. It must have been awesome.

    Did you have dinner with Sarah Palin when you were in port? ;-)

  6. Janet, here's the fireplace glazing kit that my client used. It has several colors in it, along with a video (I think) that tells you how to do it. I'm sure you could save $$ by mixing your own glaze if you could figure out which colors to use. It says it's 4 different colors, I think. Take a look here:

    They DIY'd & it turned out great & they used the Twilight Taupe color. I love how it turned out.


  7. These photos are so beautiful. I have a friend who just got back from Alaska and had some amazing pictures. She said her pictures didn't even do it justice, everything was so gorgeous. I'd love to go and see it for myself someday. -Julia

  8. When we were there it was October, several years ago, and it was cool but dry. The Mendenhall was awesome. We were driving, not on a cruise, so really got out into the back country - some of which was very 'Northern Exposure' and there certainly were some odd characters! Beautiful state though - just wish it wasn't so far to reach as I'd love to return.

  9. Such gorgeous photos! I have never been to Alaska and so enjoyed seeing it from your perspective.

    That glacier is amazing!!!


  10. Janet - those pictures are so breathtaking! How beautiful to see in person!
    Thanks for posting them!
    Karla & Karrie

  11. Janet

    what an amazing place to visit--thanks for taking me along!

    Left you an award on my blog as I so enjoy visiting here all the time!


  12. How beautiful is all this. My sweet Bill wants to take a cruise to Alaska...hopefully, some day.
    Thanks for sharing and sure glad you had a good time..


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