Thanks to HAL’s Web Content Project Manager Randy Oblich who continues to send photos from his Oosterdam cruise.
I hadn’t been to Sitka so was I looking forward to it most of all. We arrived on a cloudy but dry day and couldn’t wait to go on our Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure. We met our guide and headed to an inlet about a half-hour boat ride away from the harbor. Once we arrived we were briefed on our kayaks and taken out. The water was as smooth as glass. We followed our guide and listened to her talk about all the life around us. We were fortunate to come across an eagle family teaching their fledglings to fish. The babies are all dark, we learned it takes about a year before they get the distinctive white head and tail feathers. After the kayak we were treated to chowder and cider. It was a perfect day.
Here is what 70 degrees in Juneau looks like. We walked off the ship and boarded the Mount Roberts tram that took us up the mountain for a nice hike and beautiful views. There are trails for all types of hikers with interesting historical signs along the way. It couldn’t have been easier or more beautiful. We took the tram back down for our Glacier View Bike & Brew tour. We were ferried to a beautiful park where we all were given bikes and a quick lesson. We took off and biked along beautiful lakes and rivers until we got to Mendenhall Glacier. Of course no bike trip is complete until you have a bear cub wander out of trees in front of you. We rode around the lake so we could see both sides of the glacier. As a reward we ended up at a local ale house where we could sample the local brews. It was the perfect Alaska day.