A Whale of a Good Time!

Let’s go back to where I left off in this series of Alaska adventure stories (there’s more brewing so stay tuned in the weeks to come!).

As we sailed away from Ketchikan’s port leaving behind this charmingly touristy city, that was when it hit me that we were in actually in Alaska. We were standing on one of the ship’s outside balconies and the view was just breathtaking! All those azure blues and forest greens appear to be bold splashes of color against the far away snow capped mountains.

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Juneau was the next port of call. It is the capital city of Alaska. Did you know that there are no roads going to or leading out of Juneau? Yes, it is an island and I bet it is pretty expensive living there.

Our main adventure for the day was to go on a whale watching tour. We booked ours online many many months before through Harv and Marv’s. I highly recommend getting them (no, I don’t get paid for endorsing this) if you wish to have a more serene, up close and personal whale watching experience and not be crammed into a boat with 100 other people which is what will happen if you booked through the cruise ship.

It is a bit more expensive but you will get what you pay for. There were seven of us who split the costs of the tour. You have the ship captain and your very own naturalist who will talk to you about anything and everything whale related. You can ask as many questions as you like and they even have drinks (non alcohol) on board. And, get this, very important for a tropical fish like me, the inside of the boat is heated!

They picked us up at the dock and normally, would bring you back after the tour following a quick visit to Mendenhall Glacier. But we wanted to wander around some more after the glacier so the driver dropped us off at a secret local spot for some awesome wildlife viewing (which is another story for another day). It was close enough to the port so we just walked back.

Humpback whales are the most common ones you will find in Juneau. Once in awhile they have a pod of Orcas too, if you’re really lucky. So, you never know what you’ll see. These are wild animals and you cannot predict their behaviors. We were just here for the ride.

Enjoy the photos!

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I would have wanted to see bubble netting and breaching but like they said, it does not happen as often as the tail and the spouting. But, we got a bonus with the sea lions.

And last but not the least, our grand finale….

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