Monday, June 21, 2010

Sitka & Juneau, 6/17

On our last day in Sitka we awoke to the usual drizzle. However, this didn't stop us from taking a Ranger-guided totem pole hike through the Sitka National Historical Park. The trail took us through mist-shrouded rainforest, along spectacular coastline, and included about a dozen totem poles. At each pole the ranger explained the history and legends behind what we were seeing. At mid-day we boarded the new, fast ferry to Juneau. Midway, Jenny was christened "Sequence Champion of the World" (this is a board game introduced to us by our friends Adam & Katie that we brought along for these long ferry rides). Upon arriving in Juneau we wasted no time in seeing the sights. We took a brief walk around downtown (but it was completely deserted due to the fact that there was no cruise ship docked) and got our first glimpse of the Mendenhall Glacier, which is a large, tidewater glacier.