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From journal Cruising to Juneau
by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
July 2, 2003
We arrived from our ship by bus and were welcomed by a staff member who gave us a little history. Probably the most unique feature is theupside-down trees. Here is how the story is told. One day Steve was working on pulling out a large tree stump with a rented backhoe. Something went wrong and the stump damaged the big machine. In a fit of temper, Steve grabbed the tree with the claws and rammed it into the ground. And there it remained -- the top of the tree trunk jammed several feet into the soft rainforest floor -- the roots sticking up about 10 feet in the air. Leaving it for several days, he noticed that it would make a perfect spot to hang baskets of flowers. And that is how the Flower Towers, filled with cascading plants such as begonias and petunias, came into being.
From that point on, every tree that has to be removed to make way for a road or path is flipped upside down and planted deep into the ground. We all got a good laugh when one passenger asked if the tree was still alive.
After the introduction we were taken in groups of four in electric golf carts along the winding pathways, through the indigenous forest to a lookout at the top. Along the way our driver told us about the forest, its native plants and trees and how the Bowhays were working to preserve and share this area.
From the large wooden deck at the lookout perched 600 feet above the valley floor, we could see for miles -- the beautiful blue sky and the fluffy white clouds, the snow capped mountains in the distance and a beautiful valley just below. One of the guides was there to answer questions and tell us about the area. He told us about the large bald eagle population and just then, as if right on queue, an eagle appeared, gliding through the air as if showing out its large wing-span to all the tourists.
After taking in the surrounding scenery, we re-boarded our carts for the ride back down the mountain. Some places in the forest were so dense very little sunlight penetrated. When a tree falls, it is left as it fell, unless it is in a roadway. The pathways were just being planted for the summer season with flowering plants one of the few enhancements needed in this wooded wonderland. We were invited into the Green House for refreshments, gifts and restrooms, before returning to our ship.
The area is completely handicapped accessible, including the lookout at the top of the mountain. I promise if you visit this rain forest, you will never again look at a tree in the same way.
From journal Cruising In the Midnight Sun
May 12, 2003
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From journal JNU