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Juneau and Mendenhall Glacier - Alaska

Images of Juneau Alaska and Mendenhall Glacier – Southeastern Alaska, taken in June 2015.

My first stop in Alaska was the capitol city of Juneau. With a population of approximately 31,000, it is the third largest city in Alaska behind Anchorage and Fairbanks (2010 census numbers). It seems even smaller than the numbers indicate and is dominated by shops, mostly souvenir and jewelry stores, which cater to the tourists that arrive daily on the massive cruise ships that move up and down the coast of Alaska.

Before embarking on my National Park adventure I was able to “warm up” by visiting Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest. A 15 minute ride from downtown Juneau it gave me my first up-close look at an Alaskan glacier and increased my level of anticipation of what was to come over the next 30 days.
Main street in Juneau Alaska
Main street in Juneau Alaska
Large cruise ship docked at the waterfront in Juneau Alaska
Large cruise ship docked at the waterfront in Juneau Alaska
Tracy’s King Crab Shack sign in Juneau Alaska
Tracy’s King Crab Shack sign in Juneau Alaska
The Red Dog Saloon in Juneau Alaska
The Red Dog Saloon in Juneau Alaska
Dock pylons reflected in the water in Juneau Alaska
Dock pylons reflected in the water in Juneau Alaska
Clock tower on the street in Juneau Alaska
Clock tower on the street in Juneau Alaska
Mendenhall Glacier, Mendenhall Lake and Nugget Falls in the Tongass National Forest
Mendenhall Glacier, Mendenhall Lake and Nugget Falls in the Tongass National Forest
Iceberg in Mendenhall Lake calved from the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest
Iceberg in Mendenhall Lake calved from the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest
A porcupine in a tree near Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest
A porcupine in a tree near Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest
Lupine growing at Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest
Lupine growing at Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest
Iceberg in Mendenhall Lake in the Tongass National Forest
Iceberg in Mendenhall Lake in the Tongass National Forest
The terminus of Mendenhall Glacier at Mendenhall Lake in the Tongass National Forest
The terminus of Mendenhall Glacier at Mendenhall Lake in the Tongass National Forest
Flowers near Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest
Flowers near Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest
Nugget Falls near Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest
Nugget Falls near Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest
Outdoor baggage claim at the Gustavus airport outside of Glacier Bay National Park
Outdoor baggage claim at the Gustavus airport outside of Glacier Bay National Park