Juneau was another early excursion. We did the Rainforest Garden and Mendenhall Glacier excursion which took up a few hours in the morning. Both were great although it would have been nice to spend a little more time at the glacier.
We went to the glacier first. It was my first time at a glacier, and our tour guide told us a lot about Juneau and glaciers on the bus ride over. Darren and I walked out to the photograph point and got some pictures.
Darren then took a little hike down a not yet finished path to the waterfall, and I hung out at the visitor’s center where I watched a really interesting little 10 minute film about glaciers. In the film some people took a helicopter out to the glacier and climbed it. It would have been fun to do that but the helicopter excursions were crazy expensive so we didn’t try that this time. Maybe next time we’re in Alaska.
Our next stop was Rainforest Gardens. They were a private gardens that a husband and wife maintained and were absolutely beautiful. Their signature thing is that they take the trees, turn them upside down and put them in a hole in the ground, and use the bottom part as flower pots.
I was really inspired by the colors in the garden. I especially liked the orange and red in this one, with yellow, blue, pink and purple in the background.
And of course, I made it to the local yarn store. I was pretty enamored with Skeins Fine Yarns, though all her beautiful yarn was squished into a pretty small space, it was nice to see so much beautiful and local yarn. I bought two skeins, one from a Tree Hugger’s Wife in the colorway Skunk Cabbage. There was a lot of Skunk Cabbage in Alaska, although somehow neither Darren and I snapped a picture of it. It’s pretty unremarkable and smells bad, but the bears eat it to aid in their digestion when they come out of hiberation, so it is pretty useful. I’m told it has yellow flowers when it first blooms which might be pretty, but we didn’t see any. The other yarn I bought was not surprisingly inspired by the flowers.
Coming next, part 4, Icy Straight Point