In Juneau we booked a tour to the Mendenhall Glacier. It is about a 20 minute ride on the Glacier shuttle. We took Photo Point Trail which winds along Mendenhall Lake to an unobstructed view of the glacier's face. The glacier is named after Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, who was a scientist who was responsible for surveying the international boundary between Canada and Alaska. Canada is just a hop, skip, and a jump away.
Nugget Falls, is a waterfall downstream of the Nugget Glacier. This waterfall drops 377 feet in two tiers onto a sandbar in Mendenhall Lake. It is beautiful!
In the afternoon we took a whale watching tour. Juneau Whale Watch tours depart from Auke Bay Harbor and explore Alaska's Inside Passage. It has one of the largest concentrations of Humpback whales. Our pictures do not do justice to the family of humpback whales we watched frolic in the ocean. They put on quite the show for us and other boaters. Our Asian friends were not as interested in the spectacular display. On top of that you will witness some of the most spectacular views, sharp rising, snow capped mountains on either side of calm, clear blue water, surrounded by lush green fir trees.
On our way back to our ship, the shuttle passed the missionary apartment and LDS church that Mike had been to while serving as Assistant to the President.