Sailing to Alaska, Day 5 – Juneau

Cathy and I have been to Juneau many times, so although the “must-see”, Mendenhall Glacier, was on our itinerary, we also wanted to get to new places as well. Renting a mini-van was the only way to go to make that happen – it cost $135 total for the day, but the shuttle bus to the glacier alone would have cost $96 for the 6 of us so it even made financial sense.

Approaching downtown Juneau at 05:25, cloudy but without the forecast rain.


Juneau, Alaska

The Norwegian Jewel arriving just after we docked.


Norwegian Jewel in Juneau, Alaska

The National/Alamo car rental office was at the far end of the docks, the AJ Docks. Although they have shuttles, I chose to walk the mile – I have to wear off some of the food I’ve been consuming aboard the ship!


National/Alamo car rental office at Juneau, Alaska

The first stop was Mendenhall Glacier, where we walked the new Nugget Falls Trail. There were a lot of people there – very disappointing for me, as this used to be a wonderful place to enjoy with nobody else around.


Nugget Falls - Juneau, Alaska

Nugget Falls is a great place for “I was there” photos.


Nugget Falls - Juneau, Alaska

This is why the falls are visited by so many people now – the trail is excellent.


Nugget Falls Trail

The trail starts with this beautifully-crafted bridge that takes walkers through a little canyon that was clearly cut with a glacial runoff river that’s long gone.


Nugget Falls Trail

Our next destination was the Shrine of St. Therese, where we were met by this lovely little lady. 🙂


Cat at Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau, Alaska

The stone chapel was built in 1938.


Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau, Alaska

Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau, Alaska

Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau, Alaska

Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau, Alaska

This old shed is near the entrance to the Shrine property.


Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau, Alaska

In all my visits to Juneau, I’d never been to the Eaglecrest Ski Area, so that was our final destination. I was surprised at how high it is, and how much snow there was.


Eaglecrest Ski Area

These fellows had walked up to the top of the mountain and skied/boarded down. Pretty cool.


Eaglecrest Ski Area

A look at Mendenhall Glacier from across the channel.


Mendenhall Glacier

An Alaska state ferry departs from the Auke Bay terminal.


An Alaska state ferry departs from the Auke Bay 

terminal

The Sapphire Princess at the south end of Gastineau Channel at 9:55pm.


Sapphire Princess at the south end of Gastineau 

Channel

Tomorrow we’re only 100 miles from home – this is our port visit to Skagway, were we have our car parked to tour with.

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Sailing to Alaska, Day 5 – Juneau — 4 Comments

  1. Juneau is my favorite city in AK. I could possibly live there. Gorgeous pictures.

  2. Wow, that last picture is fabulous, almost ethereal, where was I that I missed it?