2015 西岸行 2015 West Coast
阿拉斯加郵輪之旅 Alaska Cruise – 5
第四天 朱諾 Day 4 – Juneau
Downtown is just a few steps across the street of the cruise terminal.
Despite the fact that Juneau is the capital city of Alaska, down town does not have a lot of traffic.
此纜車由郵輪碼頭直上1800呎至山上, 據說可俯覧朱諾全市和海峽, 風景優美。可惜當天雲霧鎖朱諾, 上去肯定什麼都看不到, 只能享受騰雲駕霧之樂吧了。
The Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway: According to their official website, “Cars rise 1,800 feet from the cruise ship dock in downtown Juneau through the rain forest to the Mountain House, offering expansive views of Juneau and Gastineau Channel.” Unfortunately, at the time of we visit, Mount Roberts was immersed in clouds.
市中心街上有两小童穿着1920 年代報童的服飾, 沿街叫賣當地報紙。他們頭带報童帽, 白色牛津紡襯衫, 配蝴蝶呔, 牛津吊带, 前擊有圍袋,甚有”古風”。
It was interesting to see how these newspaper boys were dressed, a flat cap or newsboy cap (or newsy cap), a bow tie, Oxford Rigger braces, white oxford shirt, just like the 1920s.
↓ 這建築物前為三文魚店, 後面原來是海鮮廠, 外有碼頭。
↓ A salmon store (and restaurant?), there is a seafood plant at the back.
↓ A fudge shop in town.
↑↓ 阿拉斯加州長府第, 有阿拉斯加白宮之稱, 落成於1912年。
↓ A high school.
孟丹荷冰川 – 離市中心十二哩外, 有著名景點孟丹荷冰川。此冰川被很多雜誌評為朱諾必去景點, 其下的冰洞曾被譽為一生必要去的景點。由於去冰洞要由山路上山, 穿越林木, 穿釘鞋爬過冰川, 始能抵達, 對體能、耐力要求甚高, 我等老弱殘兵, 冰洞变成我們必不能去的景點, 於是参加了冰川加市內遊的巴士團, 作「可遠觀而不可褻玩焉」之旅。
Wikipedia: Mendenhall Glacier is a glacier about 13.6 miles long located in Mendenhall Valley, about 12 miles (19 km) from downtown Juneau in the southeast area of the U.S. state of Alaska……The Juneau Icefield Research Program has monitored the outlet glaciers of the Juneau Icefield since 1942, including Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier has also retreated 1.75 miles (2.82 km) since 1958, when Mendenhall Lake was created, and over 2.5 miles (4.0 km) since 1500. The end of the glacier currently has a negative glacier mass balance and will continue to retreat in the foreseeable future.
As written on the map, it takes 45 minutes round trip to walk to Nugget Falls from the location where the map stands, it also takes a couple of more minutes to walk to the parking area. So if you are given an hour there, you only have 5 minutes to take pictures, may be 10, if you walk fast enough. For those who want to join a tour to see the glacier, I would recommend not to join those tours that only allow one hour for the Mendenhall Glacier. It was a joke, I saw some senior folks had to turn back before reaching the Falls. It is said that there are local shuttles ($8+/-).
I have read somewhere that one of the most wonderful places on earth one needs to explore is the ice caves under Mendenhall Glacier. However, it demands good physical fitness to be able to hike a long distance (5 miles each way?) in the wood and climb over the Glacier with crampons, well, definitely not for us. We can only appreciate the beauty of the Glacier from a distance.