Mendenhall Glacier photos

Glacier Bay photos

Sitka photos

Ketchikan photos

Cruise to Alaska

May 2015

In May 2015 we went on a cruise to Alaska with a group of friends. The cruise started and ended in Seattle. The photos below were taken as we sailed away from the city.

Seattle 1 Seattle 2

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The next day we had a day at sea. Then the following day we arrived in Juneau. We had signed up for a helicopter tour of Mendenhall Glacier. So after lunch we boarded the coach for the ride to the airport where the helicopter outfit had their facilities.

Glacier 1 Glacier 2

The pictures above show the face of the glacier and the two other helicopters in our group of three. Here are some pictures from that day on the glacier.

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The day after Juneau, we were in Glacier Bay. We watched for wild life (we saw eagles) and listened as the glaciers calved with a loud crack.

Glacier 1 Glacier 2

The pictures above show the reflections of the snow covered mountains in the water. Notice the great weather and glassy water that we encountered. Here are some pictures from Glacier Bay.

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Next we were off to Sitka. It is a quiet little town with lots of flowers and a Russian Orthodox cathedral. There are a number of Russian influences in the town. There are also a number of totem poles.

Sitka 1 Sitka 2

The pictures above show some of the flowers and the interior of the cathedral. Here are some pictures that we took while exploring the town on our own. Notice the clear, blue sky. We had great weather for most of the trip (unusual for Alaska in May.)

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Our next to last stop was Ketchikan. It is called "Alaska's 1st City" because you get to it first when coming up from the lower 48.

Ketchikan Sign

Creek Street in town is famous because the houses use to be bordellos.
Ketchikan Creek 1 Ketchikan Creek 2

We took a tour into the countryside where we saw more totem poles, eagles and bears. Here are some pictures that we took while on the tour.

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The last day we were mostly at sea. We made a stop at Victoria, BC in the evening. But we stayed on the boat and packed. We have been to Victoria before.

C. Brandon Jones
email: Brandon "at"
updated June 19, 2015