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April 30 - JUNEAU, ALASKA

rain 38 °F
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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.

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We are in the eastern boundary of the Tongass National Forest - the world's largest temperate rain forest. So, the rain is no surprise!

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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.

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Yay!

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Everyone was surprised by this trio of Dall's porpoise passing by - they weren't sticking around, either - the camera only caught their splashes.

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The Allen family has given saint's names to their large fleet of tourism-oriented vessels. We are on the St. Peter.

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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.

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There! And we all rushed to see!

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Pleased with our brief time in this pristine wilderness, we traveled back to land and on to visit the Mendenhall Glacier.

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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.

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Looking back at the Visitors' Center from the Lookout Point. This glacier is receding, as are most of Alaska's glaciers.

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Posted by Swenigale 16:05 Archived in USA

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