Shopping seems to be a big feature of cruising and I have to tell you I'm not much of a shopper. I'm sure you can guess that Chris isn't much for shopping either so whenever we hit port we looked around for other things to do and this being Alaska the great outdoors beckoned. We planned ahead and packed our hiking boots and outdoor/all weather gear to make this easy.
After our amazing Mendenhal Glacier experience we still had plenty of time in Juneau to explore so we took the Mount Roberts tramway to the top of the mountain overlooking the city. There are wonderful views and hiking trails but it was VERY expensive so I'm on the fence about this one.
|At the top of Mt. Roberts|
|Tree totem hidden away atop Mt. Roberts|
|There's no such thing as bad weather...just the wrong clothes!|
|A selfie taken from a rock!|
|I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK!|
This was the jumping off point for the great Yukon gold rush of 1897/98 and we made it a priority to take the White Pass and Yukon train trip which traces the route used by gold rush hopefuls up the White Pass. What an extraordinary excursion it turned out to be!
|I was standing outside on the small platform between cars to take pictures. Freezing cold I might add! That's the front of our train about to go over the first of many trestles.|
|More than a little hair raising!|
This was a wonderful day, we loved every minute with a very knowledgeable conductor to fill us in on all the local history. By the way, there's a FABULOUS quilt store in Skagway where I dropped quite a bit of cash. I'm not opposed to all forms of shopping!
Rushin' Tailor's Quilt Alaska. They have a web site too with lots of beautiful kits all with the flavor and color of Alaska.
Next on the itinerary is another highlight - Glacier Bay!
Until next time,