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From journal Alaskan Cruise from Seattle
June 26, 2007
From journal Cruise to Beautiful Alaska
Rochester, New York
June 20, 2006
From journal Alaska Cruise: Scenery, Seas + a Toe Cocktail
July 18, 2005
From journal Norwegian Dream: Alaska
Hermosa Beach, California
June 18, 2005
From journal Alaskan Cruise 2004
Lake City, Minnesota
June 11, 2005
The driver did a countdown to what he calls the "WOW" point, which he was correct about - the view was amazing. You arrive at the park and are given an hour to walk around the park and building.
After the glacier, everyone re-boards the bus for another short trip to the harbor to take a whale-watching tour. This part of the trip is guaranteed to see whales; if not, everyone get $100 back at the end of the day. Right out of the harbor was a whale. The boat toured around, showing a light house and a couple of bald eagles nests. Also, we checked the buoys and channel markers of sea lions. After a successful trip, we returned to the harbor for the bus ride back to the ship.
From journal Affordable Alaska Cruise on a Modest Budget
June 6, 2004
May-September: 8am-6:30pm Daily admission: $3 for the visitor center itself. There's no charge outside the center.October-April: Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm Free admission to visitor center.Phone: (907) 789-0097Capital Transit stops 1.5 miles from the visitor center.
From journal JNU
September 15, 2001
Start your visit at the Park Center. There are exhibits and films that explain the history of Mendenhall and the making of glaciers. Park service representatives are more than willing to answer questions.
It's an easy 1/4 mile hike down to the glacier lake itself where Mendenhall is closest. I was stunned at visitors who asked if they should bother going down! The view at the entrance is certainly stunning but not to be willing to hike a few more yards? Amazing.
We were lucky enough to come when the cloud cover lifted. The clouds drift in and out and we were told that shortly before we arrived the glacier had been fogged in, another good reason to allow yourself a few hours.
Mendenhall is a 12 mile long flowing river of ice that spans more than a mile in width. Flowing? Well slowly. It is a retreating glacier at this time moving at about 15-50 meters a year.
The compacted glacial ice creates a blue color. Believe it or not the best time to see the blue of glaciers is when it's overcast so there is a benefit to those gray rainy days.
I'd never seen a glacier before, it was spectacular.
If you have a little time left over you can wander to the parking area second away from Mendenhall. If you are lucky you'll see some bears pulling a salmon lunch out of the creek.
From journal Juneau for Everyone
October 21, 2000
From journal Knowing Alaska's 'real' places