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North to Alaska - Crystal Symphony

Juneau

overcast 60 °F

Our second stop of the Alaska adventure was Alaska's capital of Juneau.
The City and Borough of Juneau, commonly known as Juneau, is the capital city of Alaska. Located in the Gastineau Channel and the Alaskan panhandle, it is a unified municipality and the second largest city in the United States by area. Juneau was named the capital of Alaska in 1906, when the government of what was then the District of Alaska was moved from Sitka as dictated by the U.S. Congress in 1900. The municipality unified on July 1, 1970, when the city of Juneau merged with the city of Douglas and the surrounding Greater Juneau Borough to form the current municipality, which is larger by area than both Rhode Island and Delaware.

Another photography excursion today focusing on the Mendenhall Glacier and whale watching. The rain forest around the glacier is spectacular and lush. I was here 6 years ago and I have entered a picture of the glacier taken then, as well as the glacier today for comparison. The Forest Service estimates that the glacier will no longer touch the water in perhaps three years.

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We then boarded a specially designed whale watching boat and headed to sea to watch the humpback whales which are feeding to prepare for their 3000 mile journey to Maui, where they will mate and give birth. Each whale's flukes are unique and we were able to identify whale number 1538 from a composite book of whale flukes put out by NOAA. This turned out to be one of the best tours I have ever done!

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Posted by rpickett 11:20 Archived in USA Tagged juneau

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