Sunday, June 26, 2011

Whale Watching

First comes the blow,

then the body

and if you're really lucky the tail, or flute, as the whale dives deep.

We also saw sea lions and listened to them bark.

We saw a mother and calf humpback whales swimming side by side, and many others during our cruise. As we headed back to the ferry port we also saw orcas, or killer whales. This was probably my favorite Alaska adventure so far, I highly recommend it!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mount Roberts Tramway

At the top of Mount Roberts we saw an injured bald eagle at the Juneau Raptor Center, and a few squirrels. We had a beautiful view of the channel, downtown, and the Tongass National Forest. The tram only runs about 3,000 feet but climbs 1,800 feet in that distance.

Douglass Island is on the upper portion of the picture and downtown Juneau to the bottom and right
On the tram ride we saw many bald eagles, they are incredible to watch

The Gastineau Channel

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dog Sledding

Today we were able to go dog sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier, one of the tours Chris's company offers. It was a cloudy day with very light rain, overall a nice day in Alaska with plenty of snow/slush to sled in. We flew in separate helicopters to the dog sled camp and rode the sled around the valley up there. It was amazing to hear where these dogs have run and what they can do. At the end we got to hold and cuddle the cute little puppies. Caleb had a great time on his first helicopter ride. He also had fun playing in the snow. A great day for a new adventure!

Caleb watching the helicopters take off

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Beginning of Our Alaska Adventure

We were so excited to join Chris in Alaska, and were anxiously counting down the weeks and days. After a full day of travel we made it safely to "The Last Frontier". Chris had a few days off when we first came and we soaked up every minute. It is beautiful here, so many green trees, bushes, vines, ferns, and did I mention it is REALLY green? Quite the change from the Sonoran Desert. We love seeing a new and beautiful part of our world and spending time with Chris. More pictures and updates to come.

Nugget Falls below the Mendenhall Glacier

Caleb rock climbing

The Mendenhall Glacier

Downtown Juneau

JD Falls (Can you find the porcupine?)

Chris hiking the ridge line to the glacier

Another view of the glacier