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7 June, Day 16 - Juneau and Tracy Arm

Early morning excursion - what a reason for getting up early

Juneau -capital of Alaska

At 2.00 am This morning we crossed the Canada Alaska Border and we had to set our clocks back an hour.

After an early. Breakfast, we left the MS Vollendam as it pulled in to Tracey Arm entrance for us to transfer to a catamaran for our excursion up Tracy Arm Fjord & Glacier Explorer. While we were doing this the MS Volendam sailed on into Juneau to arrive there at 1.00pm.
Catamaran

Catamaran


MS Volendam

MS Volendam

We were lucky enough to see a Black Bear, Bald Eagles and seals. The seals lay on the floating ice to nurse their young, rest and hide from Killer Whales. The orcas cannot distinguish between the ice and the seals.
Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Humpback on way to Tracy Arm

Humpback on way to Tracy Arm

We travelled past Marguerite Island and turned left to go to the South Sawyer Glacier. This is often the most inaccessible of the two Sawyer Glaciers.
Approaching South Sawyer Glacier

Approaching South Sawyer Glacier

Approaching South Sawyer Glacier

Approaching South Sawyer Glacier

David and Colleen at  Sawyer Glacier

David and Colleen at Sawyer Glacier


South Sawyer Glacier

South Sawyer Glacier

South Sawyer Glacier

South Sawyer Glacier

We sailed back past Marguerite Island and turned into Sawyer Glacier.
Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

On the way back down Tracy Arm we pulled into The Nook, an area near a waterfall that is large and deep enough to back the catamaran in so we get a very close look at the waterfall and wildflowers.
The Nook

The Nook

We stopped at the Hole in the Wall Falls to see the power of the water.

After clearing the Tracy Arm Bar ( in reality this is the terminal moraine of an ancient glacier) the catamaran sailed to starboard into Stephens Passage and then into Gastineau Channel before reaching Juneau where the MS Volendam had docked some four hours earlier.
Stephens Passage going to Juneau

Stephens Passage going to Juneau

Tracy Arm

Tracy Arm

Stephens Passage

Stephens Passage

Stephens Passage going to Juneau

Stephens Passage going to Juneau

We enjoyed our excursion and arrived in Juneau at 3.30pm.

Posted by Kangatraveller 12:34

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