Our first expedition
was to the Mendenhall Glacier. Just a few miles from the airport, it’s
easily accessible. The weather forecast for all of SE Alaska was for
extended rain; since it wasn’t actually raining (yet) when we arrived,
we rushed out there right after we arrived. You can probably tell
from the coats that Juneau in June can still be a little chilly.
There are interesting blue icebergs in the lake, some easy hiking
trails, and a thunderous waterfall right at the foot of the glacier.
Mom and I “hiked” around so I could position myself for photos. This
involved crossing several shallow (few inches deep) “streams” caused by
glacier and snow melt. Mom didn’t have on her hiking shoes, and on the
last stream crossing, her sneakers became “ankle waders”. I had the
good sense not to laugh at her!
We actually made two
trips to the glacier. When we returned from Glacier Bay, we had a
(rare) clear day. We hopped out of bed in the morning (well, that’s
relative I guess), opted to not invest time in eating breakfast, and
rushed out to revisit the Mendenhall Glacier and some other sights.