After a morning of navigating through the breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord, the Sapphire Princess set a course for our next port of call. By early afternoon, she entered into the Gastineau Channel towards Juneau. By one o’clock in the afternoon we had arrived safely in the Capital of Alaska. We disembarked, along with hundreds of other passengers aboard the ship, and made our way along the dock to the shuttle bus which would take us to downtown Juneau. In packing for our trip to Alaska, we had come prepared for cool weather. We had been in for a surprise on Wednesday for it was extremely warm. Everyone we passed was wearing his or her sweater tied around the waist. It was so warm, we opted for an Italian Gelato ice cream instead of a hot latte.
One of my favorite shops in Juneau is The House of Russia. There, I found the most exquisite knitted Russian winter baby cap for my precious granddaughter who is due in mid-September. Beautiful colors and style. I also found the most beautiful – but unfortunately beyond my budget - dinnerware from Poland. There is a photo of the display in the slideshow below. (The link is just to give you an example. Unfortunately, The House of Russia does not have a website.) I did come home with some Samovar tea that I purchased there. It is so delicious and very fragrant!
We walked and shopped throughout Juneau until we both admitted we were tired. We then made our way to the Mount Roberts Tramway. The tram would take us to the top of the 1800-foot mountain top with the expansive views of Juneau below. There was a Nature Center at the top of the mountain and there I had my first up close and personal encounter with a Bald Eagle. She had been shot and was there recuperating at the Nature Center. Thankfully, it wasn’t crowded at all when we were there. I took photos (no flash) and talked softly to her. I was thrilled when she kept turning her head to seemingly look at me. I’m sure I’ll never be that close to this magnificent bird again, but I’m glad I was able to see her.
Tomorrow’s post: Skagway, Alaska…my favorite port of call!