When we arrived, I searched for a camp or class for Cassidy. She longed for some kid playtime after 2 months of hanging with the grownups. At 4pm on Friday, I found a Girl Scout camp that started the following Monday. They had one spot left! Better yet, they offered bus transportation with a pick up spot just across from the marina. She was overjoyed!
With Cassidy at camp, I kept myself busy exploring Juneau. Dougal hiked up to Mount Roberts tram with me. You can pay $32 round trip…..or hike up and take the tram down for free with a minimum $10 purchase. What a deal! There were awesome views the whole way up. It’s about 2.5 miles, straight uphill. I enjoyed it so much that I did it again by myself the following week. Dougal and Cass took the tram up to meet me at the top.
While in Juneau, we also took the city bus over to the beach at Savikko Park, visited the fish hatchery, went swimming at the pool in the valley (beautiful pool with slides and diving boards!), and plenty of other excursions.
After 2 weeks of boat projects and camps in Juneau, our friend Sam arrived for a 1 week visit. We took a quick trip to the Mendenhall Glacier. Although spectacular, it did not quite compare to some of the amazing views we got in Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay over the following few weeks.
We were hoping to take Sam up to Haines and Skagway to check out the old gold mining country but the marine forecast had other plans for us. We decided to head back to Tracy Arm instead. Good thing we did because this time we were able to pick through the ice to get almost to the face of Sawyer Glacier. It was amazing! Alaska also welcomed Sam with a whale sighting and endless eagles. It was a great few days.
The turnaround of guests was quick. We dropped Sam off at Auke Bay in Juneau for her flight home on a Tuesday, and ran over to Gustavus to pick up my mom on Wednesday. Bartlett Cove was the start of our Glacier Bay visit.
Glacier Bay requires permits in the summer months. We had a permit for the maximum number of days (7) but we found that a few days is enough to see everything, as long as the ice cooperates. Certainly not for lack of scenery….we could have spent a month enjoying the amazing views. I knew that the number of vessels permitted in the bay was limited….I didn’t realize how limited. We felt like we had the whole bay to ourselves! We only saw a couple of other boats each day. During our 3 night say, we went fishing, visited the magnificent Margerie Glacier, and spotted bears and other wildlife.
We shortened our stay in Glacier Bay so that we could head to Tenakee Springs (via Hoonah) for the famed Alaska 4th of July celebration. While in Juneau, Cassidy made a new friend from Tenakee. We told her the surprise this morning….that she would get to visit with her new friend for a few days. We are on our way now!