The cruise ships
still come to Juneau – nose
to tail, so to speak. This place is unlike some
of the other Alaska harbors where cruise-ship
presence has been reduced this year. We saw five
of them here at the south end of Juneau.
We heard that the cheapest fuel in Juneau was
at “Taku Oil - Marina” - right
here in the midst of all the cruise ships.
You don’t see the fuel dock easily. It’s
at the stern of the first cruise ship you come
to (in the center of this photo). It’s
practically buried and has dock space for only
two 50’ boats at a time. But it was the
cheapest in the area this year ($2.21/gallon) – and
we felt it was worth the extra trip up Gastineau
Channel to get to it.
Dave is great when
it comes to taking whale pictures. He saw this
string of Orcas and was especially interested
in the baby at the end of the line.
Then he managed
to get this Orca breaching.
And a nice little
prize – a close-up of
There is a nice
bay south of Juneau called Taku Harbor. Here
is the scene as you enter the bay. Complete
with Cannery ruins.
Just to your starboard
is a free-standing float.
The Cannery ruins are fascinating.
Port Durham is what
the sign says. We haven’t
figured out why they gave it that name.
The docks are long
gone, but the pilings stand on, like soldiers.
Somehow they make
me think of the Easter Island statues.
Ruins and flowers
seem to go well together here.
I loved this photo of Dave, doing one of the
things he loves best: exploring.
As we walked along I glanced out the harbor entrance
and saw this ghost cruise ship gliding by.
Out of the old growth, comes new growth. Literally.
haunting place. The Royal Sounder is at the float
off in the distance.
out of touch with the world in places like
this, we turn to our Sirius/XM Radio. It may
seem mundane to be taking a picture of a radio,
but it’s a pretty vital instrument
for us now. You see, we were anchored in a tiny
harbor on Sept 11, 2001 and didn’t even
know about the disaster until two days later.
Listening to the
radio and reading are our favorite leisure
activities on the boat. Although it’s
a physical book in my hands in this photo,
I also have a Kindle reader and truly love
it. Space on a boat is a big issue. I brought
about 40 books with me in the Kindle. What
a great treat!
The next chapter
will focus on our anchorage at Fords Terror
and our trip to Dawes Glacier at the end of