One of the shore stops on the Alaskan cruise was Juneau, Alaska’s state capital. Even though it’s the capital, there’s no direct road access to the rest of Alaska or the US, and primary access is by air and sea.
While there, we took a whale watching trip. And did we see some whales.
Lots and lots of humpback whales.
We probably saw about 30 over the three or so hours. There were so many that by the end it was, “Oh it’s another whale yawn.”
After whalewatching we went to Mendenhall Glacier, which comes down from the Juneau Icefield.
Like pretty much all glaciers around the world, it’s receding. 😐
Oh well, it’s still very scenic. I love how blue glaciers are.
After the glacier, we headed back to downtown Juneau for dinner before we had to board the ship again.
We could’ve eaten dinner on board but, we were in Alaska, and therefore we had to eat crab, right?
(You can see one of the cruise ships in the background – massive things.)
So we ate some stuff. Like fried crab cakes.
And crab bisque.
And an Alaskan crab roll that had steamed King, dungeness and snow crab meat with coleslaw on top. This looks like all coleslaw but there was actually a lot of crab meat in it.
And if there wasn’t enough crab meat, well Alastair and I also shared this Dungeness crab cocktail, which had 1/2 lb of crab meat (about 230g).
Bro and dad shared the King crab leg, served with melted butter. The King crab definitely had the nicest flavour but it was a lot harder to eat than our crab cocktail – hah.
Dinner was good – I’m glad we ate out rather than heading back to the ship early.
So that was Juneau. Whales, glacier and crab eating.