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    Here are a few shots of Alaska. This is an eagle that was waiting for us in Juneau. We loved the fog. It was bright sunshine toward the ground, and misty fog as you climbed higher.
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    Juneau's Wild Oven. This is the place we stumbled upon with the incredible bread and some sweets. Primarily bread though. 60 year old sourdough starter. As a rule, I don't like sour dough, but this stuff was very nice. The hills in Juneau were steep in some places. WildOven.jpg
     
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    Juneau has this little crabshack, Tracy's. We had our lunch there. Three pounds of King Crab legs and we ate every bit. Didn't eat the rolls, or much of the coleslaw though. It was enough for us to finish the crab! Alaska has any number of microbreweries too. :yes: Nice beer along with the crab made for a very satisfying lunch!

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    This is a shot of a mountain in Skagway. We have so very many scenery shots it's nearly impossible to decide which to post! We had more crab, oysters and halibut in Skagway. :D

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    We were a little surprised to see that there were many cruise line "adverts" on the rocks!

    Here's just one. :D

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    This shot was taken from the Aleutian Ballad. Fans of "The Deadliest Catch" may recognize the name of this crab boat. It's the one that was laid on its side in season two by a rogue wave. It's also the one that had the hull ripped out by a captain that fell asleep! :eek: It's been fully repaired and now does tours explaining the ecology of the ocean, the Alaskan fishing industry and the true and real dangers of fishing the Bearing Sea. We really enjoyed the tour, and loved seeing the eagles close up. To say we have "a lot" of shots of eagles is the greatest understatement! :rolleyes:

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    While in the Tracy Arm fiord the opportunities for incredible shots were everywhere you turned. Here is one that tries to capture a bit of much of what you see; the majestic mountains, the waterfalls, the color of the mineral laden water, and an iceberg. This is the area where we had to turn back as the fiord had started to freeze over (further along). The icebergs were touching one another there were so many. Needless to say, no one was displeased that we turned back!

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    This is a larger iceberg. Although many bounced off the sides of the ship, this one the Captain chose to avoid. As you know, what you see above water is a fraction of the actual size with the majority of the mass being underwater.


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    BLOW!!!! You heard that shouted over and over and over. (OK, so with a few giggles interspersed here and there). This is a humpback just coming to surface.

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    This is Elliot St. in Ketchikan. Yep. All those stairs. Climb those with an armful of groceries! :eek:


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    Coast Guard escort.


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    Wow! Simply stunning. I think it's areas like this that allows one to truly appreciate the beauty of this planet! Thank you!
     
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    It surely does, Dr. Ducky. :yes: We were almost on sensory overload with the majestic vistas nearly everywhere you turned. We pretty much avoided the heavy tourist areas and trekked through the areas that were more "local" in flavor. We'd watch from the highest point of the ship to see where the majority were going and then we'd head in the other direction. :D
     
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    Amazing photos :D I hope you have lots more for us to look through :yes:

    It looks like a wonderful place, it is on out bucket list - maybe one day.
     
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    Oh we have any number of photos, Wendy! :eek: Of course, there are quite a few that are "frame to frame." Eagles in flight, whales diving back down, that sort of thing.

    Many of the shots were purely for practice.

    I didn't get any of the Aleutian Ballad up yet. It takes quite a bit of time for them to upload...

    The colors were amazing, especially of the water. It ranged from a deep navy blue to almost a South Pacific blue (as with the coast guard shot) to a green shade. I used to be pretty biased against the Pacific, calling it a dark and murky sea but I've since learned that is not the case! It is less saline than the Atlantic, that's why the oysters tasted so different. :yes:
     
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    Chris loves the iceberg photo, he said to tell Herself that he is very impressed :hug2:
     
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    OH! I will! She'll be very impressed that he like that one. It's one of my favorites too! Give him our thanks. :yes:
     
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    This is the Sumdum glacier. We were meant to see the Sawyer glaciers but as previously said, had to turn back. This was pretty impressive, regardless of being second choice.


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    Just amazing! Dh has always said that he wants to see Alaska more than any other place in the world. Looks like something we might be doing someday :thumbsup:
     
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    Wonderful pictures!! Thanks for sharing:yes:

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