……AFTER WE FINISH RUNNING WITH THE BEARS !
For this group from sunny and hot So Cal, Alaska at the end of cruise season has provided both a change of pace and an opportunity to actually use the term “layer” in our wardrobe choices. Ketchikan was cool and rainy most of the time. Juneau was also cool, but rainy only later in the day, which meant most of us were back on board before umbrellas were required. We were certainly not alone in Juneau as the Coral Princess was there as well as 3 other ships, two of them from Holland America. This meant the streets were filled to overflowing with the season’s last tourists.
The Alaska novices (Hellmans and Webers) did excursions because it was all new to them. Their combo tours included whale watching and then the Mendenhall Glacier for Dave and Karen and a hike at the Mendall Glacier, a trip to Glacier Gardens and a visit to a salmon hatchery for Rob and Daryl. The Watsons and their friend Becky also went whale watching and all of those who did were treated to a relatively rare sighting of a pod of orcas, up close and personal. Doug Glenore checked another box on his list of visited state capitals. He and Marilyn were also tempted by, but resisted, the $95 bucket of crab legs at Tracy’s Crab Shack. Jim and Susan, Harry and Sharon and Jay and Jeanette wandered around town and visited the end of season sales – all their families should expect t-shirts for gifts.
An early evening of drinks and chit-chat was followed by various dinner plans. The Hellmans and Webers had an early call for their new adventures the next day so called it quits earlier than the others. It was a short trip from Juneau to Skagway for the final city stop on the Inside Passage.