Cruise the Inside Passage aboard the Statendam - (Juneau, AK - 8am-10:30pm)
    Our ship arrived in Juneau around 8:00am and we weren’t scheduled to leave until 10:30.  However, as I write this at 10:00pm, we are already pulling out of the harbor.  We are all closely monitored as we get off and on the ship so I guess they knew everyone was back on board.
   It is pretty tonight after a cold, windy, rain-filled day.  We explored a little in the morning but instead of buying something from one of the 29 jewelry stores in the three blocks surrounding the pier, we bought a 6-pack of Alaskan beer.
   We were guaranteed to see whales on our whale-watching excursion so we were all joking on the bus to the boat that they probably had some inflatable whales out in the water.  But just minutes into our tour, we were tracking a pod of orca (killer) whales.  They gave us quite a show as the 30-40 people on the boat all stood in the cold, eyes glued to the spot they had last surfaced.  There were 4-5
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Day 7 - Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Whale Watching in Juneau, AK
Getting to Anchorage
On The Road Again
Yellowstone then Home
Friday, Aug 13th
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We found this T in Juneau, AK but decided it probably needed mo
We had a great day Whale Watching in Juneau, AK.  At the end of
This photo of the Sapphire Princess was taken at about 10:00 pm
This sea lion was helping himself to a meal of fish in the midd
We had a number of opportunities to photograph the Humpback wha
The Sea Lions were quite content to relax on a buoy in the chan
We saw dozens of Bald eagles during the afternoon. These two we
Snow covered mountains were all around us in the bay outside of
We trailed a pod of 4 or 5 Orka Whales thru the waters and got
Fishing vessels were a common site in the waters all around Jun
whales in the pod and were above water for mere seconds each time.  Ben had the best camera on the boat and was shooting a sequence-shooting sports setting that took one picture after another until he took his finger off the button.  He got some great photos and it was hard to only choose a few for this page.
   By law, we could only trail the pod for 30 minutes so we moved on.  We spotted the sea lion primarily by the crowd of seagulls dive-bombing him to steal the fish he had caught.  Then out of the sky came a bald eagle that snatched at least half of the fish from his mouth.
   When we (and when I sat “we”, I mean the all-female crew from Allen Marine who manned the boat) spotted the humpback whale, it was a perfect way to end our excursion. She would rise in the water to breathe several times before diving down to feed for 5-10 minutes.  And when she dove, she would show those famous flukes.  It was thrilling because it was almost like watching it in slow motion; all of us held our breath begging her to flip that tail.  It was a great afternoon, none of us needed a refund, and I think we probably got the best pictures on the boat.  If you make it to Alaska, do this!  Really, really exciting!