|Glacier Gardens Rainforest|
One of the things that comes to mind as I look back at the pictures from this cruise is the fact that we were traveling in mid-June and it was still mighty darn chilly. Most of our land destinations required a coat and jeans to be comfortable.
Arriving in Juneau, we decided to take a tour of the city. This landed us at the Glacier Gardens Rainforest. The 50-acre park features lovely, landscaped trails and waterfalls, but their most famous feature is the Upside-Down Flower Towers. A number of hemlock and spruce trees had been uprooted on the property back in 1984 during a landslide. The property owners decided to flip and replant some of the trees to create large flowerpots. It definitely adds a unique feel to the heavily forested area.
Our next stop was the Mendenhall Glacier located in the Tongass National Forest. The large visitor center is open year-round and handles about half a million visitors each year. There are a number of easy walking trails in the park but we stuck to the East Glacier Loop, which provided a wonderful overlook of the Glacier, the Lake and Nugget Creek Falls.
|Mendenhall Glacier and Lake with Nugget Creek Falls on the right|