Juneau, Alaska - Southeast Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

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    Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau, Alaska

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    Juneau Is Capital of Alaska and Popular Cruise Ship Port of Call

    Juneau is the only state capital in the USA that is inaccessible by car. The city of about 30,000 residents is perched on the southeast coast of Alaska on the Inside Passage, and you need a ship or a plane to get to Juneau.

    With the Mendenhall Glacier, Douglas Island, and many spectacular mountains and waterways nearby, Juneau offers many excursion opportunities for Alaska cruises. Active visitors can go hiking, zip-lining, fishing, or sea kayaking. They can also go on helicopter or float plane sightseeing tours or ride a tram to the top of Mount Roberts. If the weather is rainy, the town has many excellent shops, or you can tour the Alaskan Brewing Company and sample the beers made from crystal clear Alaska waters.

    Most ships on Alaska cruises from Seattle, Vancouver or Anchorage ports visit the city each day during the busy summer cruise season, and a few small ships either embark or disembark in this capital city of...MORE Alaska.

    Riding the tram up 1800 feet above sea level to the side of Mount Roberts is a terrific activity in Juneau on a clear day.

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    Hang Glider Parachutist over Juneau

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    Watching hang gliders from one of the Mount Roberts' trails is a fun thing to do on a sunny day in Juneau.

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    Cruise Ship Sailing Down the Gastineau Channel in Juneau

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison
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    Snow on Mount Roberts in Juneau in Early September

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison
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    Father Brown's Cross Overlooks Juneau from Mount Roberts

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    After taking the tram up to Mt. Roberts, many Juneau visitors hike the trail to Father Brown's Cross. It's about a half mile from the Alpine Loop Trail.

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    Mount Juneau in Alaska

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    Hiking is a popular activity in and around Juneau, Alaska. The trail to the top of Mount Juneau is only for the very fit.

    The Mount Juneau Trail is very challenging. It begins about 1 mile into the Perseverance trail and then rises more than 3,500 feet in about 2 miles.

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    Bald Eagle in Juneau, Alaska

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska.

    Although the raptor rehabilitators were able to save this injured eagle's life, he could not be returned to the wild, so lives at the Juneau Raptor Center.

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    Hiking the Rainforest Trail on Douglas Island near Juneau, Alaska

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    The Rainforest Trail is a loop trail of about 1 mile long that passes through amazing rainforest and down to the beach of Douglas Island near Juneau.

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    Beach Section of Rainforest Trail on Douglas Island

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison
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    Beach on Rainforest Trail

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison
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    Fungus on Tree on Rainforest Trail

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    The large fungi growing on this tree almost looks like a turtle.

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    Skunk Cabbage on Rainforest Trail

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    Skunk cabbage loves boggy areas like this one on the Rainforest Trail near Juneau.

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    Mushrooms on Rainforest Trail

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    The very wet rainforest trail is lined with mushrooms (fungi) of all types. Many are beautiful like this one.

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    Alaskan Brewing Co. Headquarters

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison
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    Alaskan Brewing Company Storage Vats

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    These huge stainless steel vats are used to store beer at the Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau.

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    Alaskan Brewing Company - Nine Beers to Taste!

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    Samples of nine different beers are available for tasting at the Alaskan Brewing Company brewery and headquarters in Juneau.

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    Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison
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    Mountains Overlooking Mendenhall Glacier

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison
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    Some First-Timers Start on the Bunny Hill with Alaska Zipline Adventures

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison
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    Preparing to Zip with Alaska Zipline Adventures

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison
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    Proper Zipline Form with Alaska Zipline Adventures

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    Keeping the knees up at the end of the zip is very important to prevent hitting your legs.

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    Ziplining with Alaska Zipline Adventures near Juneau

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison
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    Walking Across the Swinging Bridge at Alaska Zipline Adventures

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    The kids in our group (and some of the adults) loved crossing this swinging bridge, making it sway back and forth and go up and down.

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    Ready for Kayaking!

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    Julie and Linda are all suited up and ready to kayak in Auke Bay on Alaska Travel Adventures' Glacier View Sea Kayaking excursion

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    Kayaking in Auke Bay

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    The views of the Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau ice fields are fantastic from a sea kayak.

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    Group of Sea Kayaks in Auke Bay

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison
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    Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau

    ••• Things to Do and See in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    View of the Mendenhall Glacier in the late afternoon sun from Douglas Island.

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    Downtown Juneau, Alaska

    Downtown Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Juneau Is Capital City of Alaska and Popular Port of Call for Cruise Ships Downtown Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Juneau, Alaska

    Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Juneau Is Capital City of Alaska and Popular Port of Call for Cruise Ships Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    How many state capitals have float planes parked right downtown?

    The three small cruise ships at the dock are the Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown, Cruise West Spirit of Discovery, and the National Geographic Sea Lion (Lindblad).

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    Float Plane Takes Off in Juneau, Alaska

    Float Plane Takes Off in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Juneau Is Capital City of Alaska and Popular Port of Call for Cruise Ships Float Plane Takes Off in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    While sitting on the balcony of our Regent Seven Seas Mariner cabin, we enjoyed watching the float planes taking off and landing right in front of our view!

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    Seven Seas Mariner at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska

    Seven Seas Mariner at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Juneau Is Capital City of Alaska and Popular Port of Call for Cruise Ships Seven Seas Mariner at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    State Capital Building in Juneau, Alaska

    State Capital Building in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Juneau Is Capital City of Alaska and Popular Port of Call for Cruise Ships State Capital Building in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Alaska Governor's Mansion in Juneau, Alaska

    Alaska Governor's Mansion in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Juneau Is Capital City of Alaska and Popular Port of Call for Cruise Ships Alaska Governor's Mansion in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    We were in Alaska when Governor Sarah Palin was selected to be John McCain's running mate. We weren't the only tourists checking out the mansion.

    The Alaska Governor's Mansion was completed in 1913 at a cost of $40,000. It is located about 2 blocks from the State Capital and sits high on a hill overlooking Juneau. The Governor's Mansion has a very small lot, and we were able to walk right up to the home and take a photo. Security may have tightened now.

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    Totem Pole at the Alaska Governor's Mansion in Juneau, Alaska

    Totem Pole at the Alaska Governor's Mansion in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Juneau Is Capital City of Alaska and Popular Port of Call for Cruise Ships Totem Pole at the Alaska Governor's Mansion in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Backyard of the Alaska Governor's Mansion in Juneau

    Backyard of the Alaska Governor's Mansion in Juneau
    ••• Juneau Is Capital City of Alaska and Popular Port of Call for Cruise Ships Backyard of the Alaska Governor's Mansion in Juneau. Juneau, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The backyard of the Alaska Governor's mansion was filled with toys for Governor Sarah Palin's children.

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    Stairs Connecting Streets in Juneau, Alaska

    Stairs Connecting Streets in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Juneau Is Capital City of Alaska and Popular Port of Call for Cruise Ships Stairs Connecting Streets in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Juneau sits between the Gastineau Channel and the Coast Mountains. The town is very hilly, and stairs are sometimes used to connect the streets.

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    Goldbelt Hotel in Juneau, Alaska

    Goldbelt Hotel in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Goldbelt Hotel Is Good Hotel in Excellent Location Goldbelt Hotel in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The Goldbelt Hotel is located across the street from the harbor and within easy walking distance of downtown. It is clean and has great views of the mountains and the harbor. Cruise West uses the Gold Belt, as do other cruise lines, for pre- and post-cruise extensions.

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    Goldbelt Hotel Room in Juneau, Alaska

    Goldbelt Hotel Room in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Goldbelt Hotel Room in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    The rooms at the Goldbelt Hotel in Juneau are spacious, with cable TV and an Internet connection. Cruise West has an information desk in the lobby.

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    View from Room at Goldbelt Hotel in Juneau, Alaska

    View from Room at Goldbelt Hotel in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• View from Room at Goldbelt Hotel in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    We had a gorgeous mountain view from our room at the Goldbelt Hotel in Juneau.

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    Patsy Ann Statue in Juneau, Alaska

    Patsy Ann Statue in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Famous Dog Greeted Ships in the 1930s Patsy Ann Statue in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    A statue of a stray dog named Patsy Ann greets cruise ship passengers to Juneau. The "real" Patsy Ann was a fixture on the docks in the 1930s.

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    Alaska State Capital in Juneau, Alaska

    Alaska State Capital in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Alaska State Capital in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    The State Capital in Juneau has free guided tours during the day on Monday through Friday. It's interesting to see where our largest state is governed.

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    Downtown Juneau, Alaska

    Downtown Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Downtown Juneau Streets Are Busy with Cruise Ship Passengers in the Summer Downtown Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    Cruise ships can dock right downtown in Juneau, Alaska. Much of the historic city can be seen on foot.

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    Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau, Alaska

    Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    Taking the tram to the top of Mount Roberts is exciting, and the view at the top is beautiful on a clear day. Numerous hiking trails criss-cross the summit.

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    Flowers Along the Cruise Ship Dock in Juneau, Alaska

    Flowers Along the Cruise Ship Dock in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Flowers Along the Cruise Ship Dock in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    The cooler summer days lead to magnificent flowers in Alaska, like these that adorn the cruise ship pier in Juneau.

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    Gastineau Channel and Douglas Island at Juneau, Alaska

    Gastineau Channel and Douglas Island at Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Gastineau Channel and Douglas Island at Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    Some of the first gold mines near Juneau were on nearby Douglas Island. The Treadwell mine produced $66 million in gold in its 35 years of operation.

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    Floatplane Landing in Juneau, Alaska

    Floatplane Landing in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Floatplane Landing in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    The first few floatplanes we watched landing on the bays and channels of Alaska were amazing. After watching a few dozen, they seemed almost commonplace.

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    Juneau Icefields in Juneau, Alaska

    Juneau Icefields in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Mendenhall Glacier is Part of the Juneau Icefields Juneau Icefields in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    We stopped for this gorgeous view of the Juneau icefields on our short drive to the Mendenhall Glacier from Juneau. A visit to the Mendenhall Glacier is one of the highlights of a trip to Juneau. The glacier is very busy during the day, so we visited late in the evening after all the cruise ships had sailed. The days are very long in Juneau in the summer, so you can still get a great look at the Mendenhall Glacier after the cruise ships sail if you are spending the night in Juneau.

    Another reason to go to the Mendenhall after the crowds leave is to see the bearswho come out to do a little fishing.

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    Black Bear at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska

    Black Bear at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Not All Black Bears Are Black -- Some Are Brown! Black Bear at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    Black bears gather near the Mendenhall Glacier to enjoy the salmon run. It's an easy meal for them!

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    Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier and Walkway

    Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier and Walkway
    ••• Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier and Walkway. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison
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    Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska

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    View of Auke Lake from the Chapel by the Lake

    View of Auke Lake from the Chapel by the Lake at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, AK
    ••• Chapel at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska View of Auke Lake from the Chapel by the Lake at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, AK. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    The views of the Juneau Icefield from the log Chapel by the Lake at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau are spectacular.

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    Log Chapel by the Lake at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska

    Log Chapel by the Lake at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Log Chapel by the Lake at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison
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    Ronnie Garrison Fishing in the Gastineau Channel in Juneau, Alaska

    Ronnie Garrison Fishing in the Gastineau Channel in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Outdoor Journalist Takes a Busman's Holiday by Fishing in Alaska Ronnie Garrison Fishing in the Gastineau Channel in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    My husband Ronnie is an outdoor writer and tries to fish every day. He bought a fishing license online and managed a few casts in Alaska whenever possible.

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    Ronnie Garrison and Salmon at Juneau, Alaska

    Ronnie Garrison and Salmon at Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Ronnie Garrison and Salmon at Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    Ronnie loves to fish whenever he can.

    Ronnie caught this salmon in the bay near our hotel in Juneau. Its distinctive hook nose and color changes demonstrate that the fish was on its way to spawn (or had already spawned and was waiting to die). Salmon don't normally feed after they undergo this drastic transformation. This one probably hit the lure instinctively.

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    Sorting the Day's Catch in Juneau, Alaska

    Sorting the Day's Catch in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Sorting the Day's Catch in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    Commercial fishing boats unload their day's catch next to the cruise ship pier. It's fun to see them sort the different species of fish.

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    Spirit of Yorktown at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska

    Spirit of Yorktown at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Spirit of Yorktown at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison

    The Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown docked immediately across the street from the Goldbelt Hotel where we stayed the night before our cruise.

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    Boat Harbor at Douglas Island Near Juneau, Alaska

    Boat Harbor at Douglas Island Near Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Boat Harbor at Douglas Island Near Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruise Ships at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska

    Cruise Ships at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Juneau Is One of the Most Popular Ports of Call on Alaska's Inside Passage Cruise Ships at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruise Ships in the Harbor at Juneau, Alaska

    Cruise Ships in the Harbor at Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Cruise Ships in the Harbor at Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruise Ships Line the Gastineau Channel in Juneau, Alaska

    Cruise Ships Line the Gastineau Channel in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Cruise Ships Line the Gastineau Channel in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (c) Linda Garrison