The afficianados of this site will be pleased to hear that the sun has
not stopped shining since we arrived back here in Juneau, and we
have not stopped walking - and uphill at that. Yesterday we climbed
up Mt Roberts (well the first bit anyway) and today we have walked the
West Glacier Trail alongside the Mendenhall Glacier. It was sunny,
beautiful, fragrant and we saw a porcupine. We have also seen
a bear! On Friday night when driving in from the ferry we saw a mummy
black bear just outside Juneau. It was big and cuddly - but we stayed
a long way away just in case.
Mount Roberts is one of the 2 large mountains overlooking Juneau -
the other being Mount Juneau. There is now a cable car going up Mount
Roberts but, being gluttons for punishment, we decided to walk up with
our picnic. It was a lovely walk, even if a bit steep in places and
the highspot was when Jan went up to her knees in snow. It is incredible
to be at an altitude of 1200', for it to be June and warm and there is
still snow on the ground. In fact, when we got to the top of the
cable car, we could not go any further (phew!) as the route was closed
due to snow. David, however, decided to climb on a bit just so that
he could take a picture of a view we hadn't seen! The views were
lovely, as was our picnic which we ate on an unfenced platform still under
construction. We came down in the cable car and learnt from the operator
that the 'ho ho' means very much in Tlingit.
West Glacier Trail
The West Glacier trail runs up the west side of Mendenhall Glacier
(no, really?), from where you can get some great views of the glacier (how
surprising). One of these is at the right. Not much more to say really,
as you already know what the picnic contained, and the weather was lovely.
We did meet some people who'd moved to Juneau a year earlier and had
just survived their first winter. This is no mean feat, as the 4 hour days
sap most peoples' will to go on. In fact, the latest craze are little boxes
that emit ultra-violet light and supposedly make people happier and more
positive. Of course, if you use them too much you also get radiation sickness,
but then nothing's perfect.
Regular readers will have noted that our hikes are never complete without
a picnic. As it happens, all the picnics are precisely identical (!) so
the menu need only be described once.
To start: baby carrots, pre-peeled
Main course: freshly made sandwiches of bread, cheese and cucumber
(the cheeseboard always contains cheddar and philadelphia, and did once
extend to Cambozola).
Dessert: A selection of dried fruits (well, apricots and dates
actually) and and oatmeal chewy bar
To finish: finest tap water and an apple.
Not exciting, but wholesome and, after the first half-dozen repetitions,
curiously pleasing in its monotony.
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Mendenhall with (small) picture of David