Day 5: Juneau
Whale Watching, Salmon Bake, Chilkoot Mine & Waterfall
We had so much fun in Juneau.
We opted to take a whale watching excursion. For about the first hour out on sea we really didn’t see much of anything. I was starting to get disappointed and although the tour promised full refunds if no whales were sighted, I just wanted too see one! The captain decided to take us out of his normal range and that’s when we saw them. Killer whales. And not just a couple of them but three or four families of them- swimming all around our boat. It was amazing! I could have watched them all day. From that point on we continued to see orca whales throughout the tour. I also caught a quick glimpse of some sea otters but they dipped beneath the waves before I could snap a picture. Toward the end of our tour we came upon some sea lions playing king of the mountain and we also saw a couple more bald eagles.
When we got back to port, it was about lunch time. Our bus driver took us over to our next destination- a genuine Alaskan salmon bake. I’d been looking forward to this ever since the day we decided to come to Alaska. I love salmon and it was as yummy as I had imagined it would be.
After lunch we went to check out the Chilkoot mine and waterfall. Everything in Alaska is so lush and green. It’s a really beautiful place.
We were completely exhausted at the end of the day. And of course, here’s the towel animal that our room steward made for us. It was one of my favorites.
Day 6: Ketchikan
We decided not to sign up for any shore excursions in Ketchikan and just explore the place on our own. I had my heart set on a hike through the Tongass Rainforest but it happened to be pouring rain that day. Rather than spend the day up to our knees in mud, we decided to put on our ponchos and see what else we could find in town. We ended up walking to a museum full of totem poles. It was pretty cool. I couldn’t believe how tall some of them were. Of course, most of them were really worn down, which is one of the reasons they are now in the museum. We only looked around in Ketchikan for about a half day before we headed back to the ship.
We had lunch in the dining room when we got back on the ship. It was so amazing. Also, it was my first time trying caviar!
The singers and dancers put on their last show that night. It was a tribute to New Orleans. Even though we weren’t supposed to take pictures of the shows, we snuck a couple quick ones.
It was a a fun couple of days and kind of sad because we realized our cruise was almost over!