Mendenhall Glacier: 9th May 2016.
Although Juneau is the Alaskan State Capital … it can’t be reached by road. If you want to go there, you must fly in or go by boat. But, there are roads, and some of them do lead to some pretty interesting places. After our trip, the coach took us up to see the Mendenhall Glacier– a really inspiring sight. There’s a Visitor Centre here, where rangers explain all about glaciers … one said ‘glay-seers’, and the other said ‘glass-ears’. I suppose it’s a ‘tamayto/tomahto kind of thing?
A short paved walk to the best photographic viewpoint–which leads over the rounded glacier-worn rocks so reminiscent of my native Lake District … which was, of course, carved out by glacier action back in the Ice Ages. There’s a waterfall there, too, the Nugget Falls. I wonder if it was so named because they found gold in the area?
We were warned of the danger of bears, although, again, we didn’t see any.
But, everywhere, even in downtown Juneau, there were bear-proof litter bins. Which are the only litter bins I’ve ever seen that have instructions on them.