Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Alaska, Day THREE - Hello Juneau!




Good morning, Alaska!  As you can see we aren't in Florida anymore.  It was F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G!  I mean mind numbing cold.  Wasn't it cute that I thought a hoodie would be enough as I woke that morning?


I have to say that the beauty and splendor surrounding us made the cold bearable.  The skies, the sea, the boat all worked together to make this morning a forever memory.


Our ship is part of the caribbean fleet in the Alaskan winter months and it just struck Scott and I as funny when we saw warm weather activities posted.  


If you click on the picture you will see that they tell you topless sunbathing is fine, but you can't go bottomless.....what?!


We are standing on the top of the deck at the front of the ship looking back.  


Look at that arctic sky!


Look mom no hands!  The winds were so strong it was hard to walk.


Is that land ahead?  It sure is.  Stay tuned to see what awaited us....



We did not arrive in Juneau until 2pm so we spent our morning casually sipping coffee, reading, and playing rummy.  Oh how we loved the game room.  


We decided to run down to our room to look at the approaching landscape from our balcony.  We were so excited to step foot onto Alaskan land for the very first time.


Leather jackets, thick socks, warm shirt, we're ready to go!


But not before I made Scott pose for pictures.


Yes!  Those are mountains behind us.


Those grand mountains were covered by clouds and it was a sight to behold as we stood on deck and took it all in.


Welcome to Alaska


The mountains are huge and the water was smooth as glass


I loved the little remote cabins we saw along the banks of the inlet.


Juneau


Our sister ship travelled before us, The Norwegian Spirit


Getting ready to go see our first glacier


Loving the history of this capital city.  The store fronts look just like they did back in the 1800's


Stopping to take in the beauty of the Alaskan rain forest


Celebrating our love through discovery


All aboard


Our first stop, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.


Posing in the rain.


They had wonderful rangers who gave you history, facts, and information.  I was saddened that you could tell most of their worldview comes from evolution.  How can you not see GOD when you see the absolute beauty of HIS CREATION?


There she is, Mendenhall Glacier.  The ice was blue.


We so desperately wanted to hike to that beautiful waterfall, but our bus stop was only 45 minutes.



It worked out though, because it was about this time that I realized something serious was going on physically with me.  Chills, upset stomach, and later that night a high fever would come into play. (Stay tuned to hear how the Lord rode across the heavens to heal my sick body)




Goodbye Juneau and Mendenhall Glacier.  We will never forget you!


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