We stayed in a hotel the night before our cruise which we usually do. It is much more relaxing and less stressful on all of us to do this. We are then able to board the ship at our leisure rather than rushing to the ship from an airport after flying most of the day.
The helicopter flight to Mendenhall Glacier has always been a highlight for me whether it was my first one in 1985 or the most recent one this September. Mother Nature is just incredible and the trip makes all those college geology courses come to life immediately upon setting down on the glacier and walking around for about 30 minutes. This time we had 3 young people who helped explain some things and help people from wandering too far away.
It is an expensive tour but I would save up and even do it a 3rd time should I return to Juneau.
Having been to Skagway once before we chose the Street Car tour this time. It was interesting to learn about the town and then ride up to the overlook to view the town and port. We stopped at the cemetery to learn about the town villains of times gone by. The White Pass Scenic Railway tour is also worth taking.
The narration was very informative as I did not know before that stairways could be deemed legal streets. Living some 30 - 40 steps or more up off a main street would give you pause to consider what you needed each day. And as the narrator of the tour said, you would usually only forget something once.
It was a sunny beautiful day in Ketchikan and everyone was enjoying the incredible weather. The water was calm as our little Duck Tour boat made its way in and out of the water