While traveling to and from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska this summer, I spent just a few days in Haines and Juneau. The four and a half hour ferry trip up the Lynn Canal to Haines on the Alaska Marine Highway System M/V Matanuska was spectacular due to the unusually warm and clear weather. Travelers on the top deck acted like they were on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, taking in the sun, mountain scenery, and sights like the Eldred Rock Lighthouse, and historic Fort William Seward.
While in Haines, I checked out folks enjoying the recreational activities in the Chilkoot Lake State Recreational Site. Kayakers were enjoying the unusually calm waters of the lake, and while I was visiting between salmon runs, there were some people testing their fishing luck on the Chilkoot River. I had hoped to see some bears on the river to illustrate the troubling bear/human conflicts that I have witnessed in the past at the river but low number of people fishing keep those conflicts thankfully low.
During flight and ferry layovers in Juneau I made quick trips to the Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau cruise ship dock with its float planes. Tall fireweed was in full force at the Brotherhood Bridge Park so I tried to capture their beauty with the Mendenhall Glacier in the background. That will be location that I’m sure to try again on return visits as I try to top each previous visit.
ABOVE: Slideshow of photos of Juneau and Haines, Alaska taken during the summer of 2011. (Slideshow requires Adobe Flash).