Cruising Southeast Alaska - 2009

By Linda Lewis


12. Auke Bay (Juneau) to Taku Harbor


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 the baby.

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.

It’s a haunting place. The Royal Sounder is at the float off in the distance.

When we’re 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 Endicott Arm.



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