Friday, July 8, 2016

July 7

Today was primarily a travel day.  We left Skagway on the ferry to return to Juneau.

We hab one stop at Haines, AK, so the trip took about 4 + hours.  It was a beautiful day with full sun and mild winds.  We saw about a dozen dolphins.  We heard someone say that they saw a whale but unfortunately, we did not.

We got to the ferry terminal in Juneau and split a cab with one of our fellow travelers to the airport where we picked up a car.  We went downtown to the Visitor center before checking in to our hotel.  It just so happens that there was a tram near the visitor center that went up Mount Roberts 1800 feet to a Nature Center, Theater, restaurant and hiking trails.

We took the tram to the top and spent about 2 hours watching their video on Southeast Alaska Native  culture (18 min) and hiking the trails they had.  The highest elevation we got to was 2050 feet at Father Brown's Cross.  There were half a dozen
lookout points in the couple mile hike that provided spectacular views of the city of Juneau, the airport, the surrounding waterways and the mountain ranges.  We are now at the Driftwood Motel in Juneau for the next couple nights.

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