Arrive in Juneau
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Today we explored the city of Juneau, eating at our soon-to-be-claimed “favorite place to eat in Juneau”—the Hangar on the Wharf. We recharged with fresh seafood and local brews while sitting in a cozy booth overlooking the water. After walking around town, we stopped at Devil’s Club Brewing Company for flights of local beer.
Eagle Beach, Point Bridget Cove Trail
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We drove North to Eagle Beach, with nothing but water, beach, and mountains for as far as the eye could see. The beach was populated with bald eagles, making the scenery even more memorable. We headed as far north as the road system will take you, to Point Bridget State Park. We took the North Bridget Cove Trail, walking through the forest, meadow, and marshland to the beach, where we sat alone in the wild, enjoying the views and the sound of waves crashing.
Humpback Whale Boat Tour
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Today we went on a boat tour, where we spent half a day searching for—and then observing—humpback whales. We saw a number of different humpbacks, including a mother and her calf. After the boat excursion, we stopped at Forbidden Peak Brewery, where we enjoyed sitting outside by the fire, overlooking the harbor.
Mount Juneau Hike
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We took on Mount Juneau today, hiking the 3,500 feet to the summit. The mountain face was covered in fall colors, giving us stunning scenery as we hiked, and the summit provided 360-degree views of distant mountains and the city below. We enjoyed being the only hikers on the mountain that day.
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We enjoyed exploring Mendenhall Glacier and hiked most of the trails off the visitor center parking lot. We were hoping to see black bears from the viewing platform, but didn't have any luck. We did, however, get to see salmon swimming upstream.
Douglas Island Trails
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Today we hiked around Douglas Island, which is where our cabin was located. We walked through the rainforest, along beaches, and up mountains, admiring the diverse and incredibly remarkable landscape.
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On our last day before our flight, we headed to St Therese, which came highly recommended by locals. The shrine is situated on a small peninsula, with the most lush and immaculately groomed grounds. There are gardens, beaches, and lookout points, along with peaceful trails and meditation areas.