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Out on the water, again - this time on a whale watch catamaran sailing from Juneau to explore Stephen's Passage in the Inside Passage. This Stellar's sea lion has found a not so convenient resting place.
We are in the eastern boundary of the Tongass National Forest - the world's largest temperate rain forest. So, the rain is no surprise!
Excitement! A "blow" over there! It is early in the season in this summer feeding ground of humpback whales, but the crew was confident we would find a few.
Everyone was surprised by this trio of Dall's porpoise passing by - they weren't sticking around, either - the camera only caught their splashes.
The Allen family has given saint's names to their large fleet of tourism-oriented vessels. We are on the St. Peter.
We spent a lot of time on deck out in the weather, intrepid adventurers that we are - interspersed with thaw-outs and coffee in the boat's warm cabin.
There! And we all rushed to see!
Pleased with our brief time in this pristine wilderness, we traveled back to land and on to visit the Mendenhall Glacier.
The Mendenhall is a 12-mile-long river of ice, one of the 30 or more glaciers produced by the 1,500 mile Juneau icefield which is high above the city.
Looking back at the Visitors' Center from the Lookout Point. This glacier is receding, as are most of Alaska's glaciers.