Thursday, June 17, 2010

Juneau


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.)


Waterfalls galore.


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.

Stay tuned!

9 comments:

Sylvia K said...

I am enjoying the trip through your photos, Loran! What a beautiful place! Hope you have a great day! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Denise said...

I'm very interested about your comments on visiting Alaska. I would like to visit one day and I have enjoyed all your photographs.

An English Girl Rambles

George said...

We really hope to take an Alaskan cruise next year and I'm really enjoying your pictures and thoughts on your cruise.

Kay said...

Interesting how it appears that the town just kind of "hangs" on the side of the mountain.

Gaelyn said...

I've never gone on a cruise, but your photos sure spark my interest. And Alaska is high on my, summer, list. What no AK sunbathers? ;-)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful waterfall here also, Loran... Bert (my son) didn't like Juneau nearly as much as Ketchikan.. But--to me---even Juneau is pretty!
Hugs,
Betsy

Janie said...

Juneau is smaller than I realized. Looks like a pretty place, though.

Tess said...

Those pictures are beautiful. They make Juneau look adorable and quaint.

Lisa Wilson said...

I've never been on a cruise either, but I think I would like to do that or just go to one of Alaska's awesome national parks.