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Alaska || Part Seven

After our helicopter landings on both the Mendenhall and Herbert Glaciers, H and I wanted to explore the city of Juneau more. It’s certainly very tourist-y near the port, with fur and jewelry shops lining the main street, but the…

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Alaska || Part Six

We reached Juneau, Alaska’s capital, early the next morning after sailing through thick mist and fog all night. That morning H and I opted to do an excursion H had done over ten years ago when he was last in…

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Alaska || Part Five

After exploring the beaches and forests of Icy Strait Point, H and I boarded a small boat for some afternoon whale-watching. About 15 miles away (or a twenty-minute boat ride) from Icy Strait Point lies Point Adolphus, a world-renowned humpback…

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Alaska || Part Four

The following morning we pulled up to the only privately owned cruise destination in Alaska, Icy Strait Point. We weighed anchor in thick fog and cloud-cover but even from the ship you could see the charming red and white buildings near…

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Alaska || Part Three

The following morning we awoke docked in one of the country’s rainiest cities, Ketchikan. Ketchikan is an island surrounded by the Tongass National Forest at the southeastern tip of Alaska. That day we opted to fly via floatplane about 40 miles east…