Thursday, June 17, 2010
Arriving in Juneau, Alaska's third largest city, population 30,000.
It's surrounded by mountains and thick forests full of animals (we didn't see.)
And back to sea level. It's hard to take in all at once.
Obviously a marine community exists here.
For some strange reason, no one is sunbathing on the deck. You can see the same waterfall in the background.
Frommer's guidebook cautions visitors about cruise ships and their crowds. Fortunately we were early in the season and there weren't as many boats docking as there could have been. The limitations of the cruise are that you don't get a lot of time in one place. The plus side is that it's probably the least expensive way to see southeastern Alaska in a short period of time, not to mention the wonderful services and excellent food on board. We could very well return to Alaska to visit again, but this wouldn't be the place.