Southeast Alaska and Home!

 SOUTHEAST ALASKA BY MARINE HIGHWAY!

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Sailing the Inside Passage from Haines to Juneau. We were on the “Fast Ferry”IMG_0109

Spectacular Mendenhall Glacier!

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We arrived Sunday afternoon, and were invited up to Danny and Becky’s, where we also met some of the local folks and visitors.

Inside the brother's cabin at the top of the trail

Inside the brother’s cabin at the top of the trail

Cabin view at the top of the hill on the convention grounds

Cabin view at the top of the hill on the convention grounds

Danny demonstrating the portable buildings

Danny demonstrating the portable buildings

View uphill where the convention buildings stand

View uphill where the portable buildings stand during convention.

Canadian cruise ship visitors in Juneau

Canadian cruise ship visitors in Juneau

We were invited to camp in the Sperl’s yard.  No one uses house addresses.  It was “turn in at the Snoopy mailbox”.  They have a lovely home on the water, and we had a wonderful visit as well as getting firsthand information on where to catch silvers.

Salmon in Juneau

Salmon in Juneau

We hiked from the visitor center for views of the Glacier and Nugget FallsIMG_0077

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Deanne at Nugget Falls

Deanne at Nugget Falls

Wildlife along the road:IMG_0073

Nice to have our tent up again at the Mendenhall Campground

Nice to have our tent up again at the Mendenhall Campground

Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls from the west side hike

Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls from the west side hike

We had a fabulous camping spot not far from town.

Columbine at the Shrine of St. Therese:IMG_0098IMG_0099

The tram to the top of Mount Roberts was spectacular, and so were the sights along the trail at the top.  It was very windy the higher the elevation along the trail.

Tree totem

Tree totem

Juneau from Mount Roberts tramway

Juneau from Mount Roberts tramway

Dall sheep on the hills

Dall sheep on the hills

Goodbye beautiful Juneau!IMG_0815

On to Sitka, where we toured the town, the totem park, and boat harbors.IMG_0169 IMG_0150 IMG_0148 IMG_0146

We met Tanner and Amy in Sitka, and were invited to their home in Wrangell.  They were there fishing.  He has a beautiful boat and fishes for salmon, halibut and spot shrimp.

Next stop Petersburg!

Sunrise view from the ferry

Sunrise view from the ferry

We drove from one end on the road to the other, and fished both places, too!

Larry at his cabin in Petersburg

Larry at his cabin in Petersburg

Our fishing spot in Petersburg, at the end of the road.

Our fishing spot at the end of the road.

Falls Creek fish ladder near Petersburg on Mitkoff Island

Falls Creek fish ladder near Petersburg on Mitkoff Island

Petersburg Boat Harbor at low tide

Petersburg Boat Harbor at low tide

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On the ferry again…….. We found comfy couches and floors for our sleeping arrangements.  The food on the ferry was scrumptious too.

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On to Wrangell!

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View from trail at Whale Park

View from trail at Whale Park

Kirsten and Cara were there, and we had special visits and mealtimes with Dawn and Todd.  We camped at Tanner and Amy’s cabin near the end of the road, as well as a beautiful spot at the very end of the road.

Sunday lunch with Kirsten and Amy and her children

Sunday lunch with Kirsten and Amy and her children

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That’s the road into the cabin, where we camped overnight, and picked huckleberries (enough for a nice batch of jelly!)

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Beautiful picnic spot overlooking the water heading up to the Stikine River

Beautiful picnic spot overlooking the water heading up to the Stikine River

Walkway from our camp to picnic area

Walkway from our camp to picnic area

We explored the boat harbors, thinking of possibly living aboard our own boat in the future!

Now THAT'S a houseboat!

Now THAT’S a houseboat!

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Overlooking Wrangell from the Mt. Dewey Trail

Overlooking Wrangell from the Mt. Dewey Trail

At the top overlook on the Mt. Dewey Trail

At the top overlook on the Mt. Dewey Trail

Trails, exploring the island and beaches.  What a beautiful spot!  I even got to go to the senior aerobics class at the pool.  We found good Wifi in town, so Denis got lots of work done too.

Fish petroglyph on the beach

Fish petroglyph on the beach

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Denis at Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park

Denis at Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park

It’s hard to describe our feelings as we come to the end of our “Retirement Trip to the North”.

Through the mist and the rainbow, the ferry is the mode of transportation in Southeast Alaska

Through the mist and the rainbow, the ferry is the mode of transportation in Southeast Alaska.

Perhaps best described as “Old Friends and New”, and “Adventures and Exploring the Beauties of God’s Creation”.

Dawn on our walk on the nature trail

Dawn on our walk on the nature trail

Thank you for following along on this trip of a lifetime!

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