Seattle to Juneau
In 2009 or 2010 I made a promise to my apartment mate, Sherb Valli, that I would take him on a cruise one day to repay all of his many kindnesses, constant patience & generosity. I do like to honor my promises. So, in 2012 I booked us passage on a 7 day cruise to Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska.
Late in August 2012, Sherb and I left Hawaii for Seattle. We arrived before noon and rather than pay the individual $27 shuttle bus fees to get to Seattle's cruise port from Sea-Tac Airport, we chose to ride the city bus for about an hour and a half for less than one dollar each. We received a price break because we are seniors, the only drawback was that the bus dropped us off in the middle of an overpass high over Smith's Cove where one of Seattle's two cruise ports is located.
Info about the city bus from SeaTac airport to the cruise terminals. Click here
Information about Smith's Cove Cruise Port - Click here
Sherb loved the walk, but I didn't! Lucky for me, a shuttle bus going from long-term cruise parking directly to the ship, stopped to pick me up. I arrived first. I purchased a bottle of water for Sherb at a small snack shop in front of the embarkation building. I knew Sherb would be thirsty after his long walk.
Click here for a brief history of Seattle
The ship departed Seattle about 4 PM leaving during a beautiful summer evening. The weather was splendid the whole time we were in and out of Seattle. In fact, Seattle was in the middle of a long drought.
Our itinerary included Sea Days cruising the Inside Passage, a stop at Juneau and Skagway, Alaska, cruising into Tracy Arm Fjord up to the face of the Sawyer Glacier, back down the Inside Passage and a final stop at Victoria, British Columbia, before arriving back in Seattle. Sherb and I both have relatives lining in the area we wanted to visit before heading back home.
|Seattle from the ship Rhapsody of the Seas. Note the small sea plane heading to land on Lake Washington just to the left of the tallest building|
|Almost to Juneau, Alaska|
|Bridge over the Gastineau Channel at Juneau|
|The local area and ice fields near Juneau|
|Public art & sculpture near Juneau's waterfront|
|My friend Sherb in downtown Juneau|
|Downtown Juneau. |
Note how the city is squeezed between the channel and the steep mountain slopes. Much of the city is located directly below avalanche chutes.
|Juneau, Alaska with aerial tramway car in the background|
|The Red Dog Saloon and Mercantile|
|Entertainment is served. The Red Dog Saloon has a great pulled pork sandwich.|
|Wyatt Earp checked his pistol in at the US Marshall's office on his way to Nome, Alaska in 1900. His ship sailed out before the Marshall's office opened on June 29th, 1900.|
|Tour buses at the Mendenhall Glacier|
|Walkway to the visitor center.|
|Moss growing on rock scoured by the glacier in the past - life goes on|
|Evidence of the glacier's enormous weight and force|
|The visitor center. There are both a ramp and elevator for the disabled available.|
Beautiful "Tlingit" Native American inspired design on a doorway
|As the glacier flows over uneven ground, the ice fractures into crevices and jumbled seracs.|
|Dirty ice, loaded with pulverized rock at the face of the glacier|
|Photo through the visitor center's telescope|
|Posting of activity at the glacier's face|
|Can you spot the "telltale vegetation ring"? See the photo above for explanation.|
|Stuffed black bear at the visitor center. Had he been from deeper in Canada or Alaska's interior - he would be called a grizzly bear.|
Next time - Skagway & White Pass - one route to the Yukon Gold Rush
Where am I going you ask? To the South Seas and "down under, Mate, down under!"
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