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Day Three: Juneau

Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Dave!After disembarking in Juneau, it was time to take a helicopter ride over the Tongass Forest up to the Mendenhall Glacier for a walkabout. Definitely one of the more amazing experiences in my life! It was not at all cold, there was no rain, and visibility was fantastic. I took a couple hundred photos, but am too knackered to go sorting through them tonight. I'll just post a few that caught my eye.

NOTE: I know it may look as though I've done some Photoshop trickery to get that brilliant deep blue color on the glacier... but I didn't. That's all real, exactly as my camera recorded it! If anything, it's less vibrant in the photos, because it's all flattened out.

Flying above the freaky ice formations of the Mendenhall Glacier...

Flying Above the Mendenhall Glacier

Blue Mendenhall Ice Cracks

Glacier Cap

Landing on the glacier...

Helicopter on the Glacier

Trekking around in search of glacier ice...

Mendenhall Rift

Mendenhall Split

Glacial Pool

Above a Rift

Glacier Split

Mendenhall Glacier Flats

The helicopters return to pick us up...

Helicopter Landing

Walking around the nifty State Capitol of Juneau, Alaska...

Downtown Juneau

Returning to the ship at night...

Juneau Harbor at Night

All in all... a pretty darn good day!

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  1. B.E. Earl says:

    I’m so jealous right now I wanna spit.

    An Alaskan cruise is a dream vacation of mine. One day.


  2. Robin says:

    These pictures are stunning, especially the glacier ice pictures. The different colors blending together is awesome! And I am sure that these pictures do the glaciers no justice….

  3. kapgar says:

    That is the bluest water I’ve ever seen.

  4. Badger says:

    Holy cow, it looks and sounds AMAZING! I so want to go there.

  5. Hilly says:

    Wow, breathtaking. I absolutely have to take that trip sometime soon because I suddenly want to be there!

  6. Marc says:

    Wow, awesome beauty. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jeff says:

    I did the same thing when I was there. It’s absolutely stunning and very difficult to put into words just how truly beautiful it is.

    The sad thing is, those of us who have stood there may be some of the last humans to experience it. Unfortunately, it’s getting smaller every year. 🙁

  8. Absolutely beautiful! Can I just say, I love when you go on vacation because you take the best photos and it’s almost (not quite) like seeing it myself. Thanks for sharing!

  9. whitenoise says:

    cool photos 😉

    I’ve never been on a cruise. Not sure that I could sit still for that length of time…

  10. Sybil Law says:

    Love love LOVE the pictures! It’s like I’m there, except… not. Which makes me sad. But the photos help. Damn, I’m all schizophrenic today!

  11. A. Lewis says:

    So,you enjoyed where I’ve spent a good chunk of my summer, eh? Isn’t that glacier something else?? Amazing.

  12. Gulp. I have no words. Just…stunning.

  13. Sarah says:

    Wow. Those pictures are just amazing.

  14. Deb says:

    Beautiful images! Thank you for posting them.

  15. Tug says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS. So glad the weather’s treating you well.

  16. Annette says:

    So being touristy and all, did you have a beer in the Red Dog?

  17. martymankins says:

    Holy Fuck… those are some incredible photos.

    And to be right there with all of that… on top of the glacier. Incredible.

  18. Vraiment impressionnant ! Have a nice trip! 🙂

  19. Walt says:


    I love the pictures! I’ll never see a glacier in my life and seeing the beautiful blue ice is amazing. Glad you braved that cold so us winter haters don’t have to! Bless you and keep warm!


  20. Dude. Those pictures are just awesome!

  21. Great pictures! Now I wish I’d done the helicopter ride while there!

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