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.
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.
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.
We sailed back past Marguerite Island and turned into 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.
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.
We enjoyed our excursion and arrived in Juneau at 3.30pm.