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|Activity Name||Location||Exercise||Duration||Cost||Signed Up|
|Mendenhall Glacier & Salmon Hatchery Tour||Juneau, 7/14||Mild||2:45||$39||-|
Departure Times: 12:45pm 4:00pm
Discover the city of Juneau with your driver/guide who will share the history of Juneau's gold rush era as you depart downtown. Visit the Macauley Salmon Hatchery where you see may adult spawning salmon (late June through September) or have the opportunity to feed immature salmon fry (May through early June). Learn about the unique and fascinating reproductive cycles of Pacific salmon. See museum-quality exhibits detailing the hatchery's annual production of over 150 million salmon and numerous aquariums showcasing local marine wildlife.
Mendenhall Glacier is a huge glacier, 1.5 miles wide and hundreds of feet thick, fed by a 1,500-square-mile ice field outside Juneau. This meandering river of compressed blue ice ranks as the largest, most rugged glacier accessible by road. The Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center, along with U.S. Forest Service staff, offers a wealth of information on glaciers and is a vantage point for taking photos of this world-famous sight. Returning to Juneau, visit the Chapel by the Lake, a little log church with an inspirational view of Auke Lake and Mendenhall Glacier.
The Chapel by the Lake is closed to the public on Sundays for services.
|Mendenhall Lake Canoe & Salmon Bake||Juneau, 7/14||Moderate||5:00||$149||-|
Departure Time: 1:30pm
Image a time when the region's first people, the Tlingit, traversed the waters of Southeast Alaska in hand carved canoes. Today, you can experience the landscape and intriguing Native legends of this remarkable region while in a canoe much like those used thousands of years ago. The journey will take you through the waters of Mendenhall Lake, paddling near the face of the Mendenhall Glacier.
After canoeing and with the appetite you have earned, enjoy the all-you-can-eat mouth-watering fare at the original Gold Creek Salmon Bake. Feast on alderwood-smoked salmon, chicken, ribs, and assorted side dishes and later toast marshmallows over an open fire. Enjoy the meal at your leisure and return to the ship on any of the frequent shuttles.
Minimum weight to participate is 50 pounds. This is a participatory trip where all guests must be able and willing to paddle for approximately 2 hours. The tour will operate in all weather conditons and warm clothing is recommended.
Operated by permit in the Tongass National Forest; due to Forest Service permit conditions this tour has limited capacity and may sell out.
|Juneau Deluxe City Tour||Juneau, 7/14||Mild||4:30||$79||-|
Departure Time: 12:30pm
For a more personalized look at Juneau, this is the tour for you. Meet your driver/guide dockside and board a minibus for a look into Juneau's highlights. Pass by the Governor's Mansion en route to the Macauley Salmon Hatchery and the Mendenhall Glacier and Visitor Center.
Visit enchanting Glacier Gardens, nestled in the heart of the Southeast Alaska rain forest. View this natural wonder from covered shuttles as you make your way to a scenic viewpoint offering a view of the Mendenhall Valley, Chilkat Mountains and Gastineau Channel.
The Alaska State Museum welcomes you to explore its many intriguing exhibits. Throughout the tour, your guide will Juneau's history and explain the various issues that may affect its future. Hot Russian tea and homemade muffins or cookies will be served at one of the stops.
|Gold Panning & Salmon Bake Combination||Juneau, 7/14||Mild||3:00||$69||-|
Departure Time: 5:00pm
Combine two popular Alaskan activities as you relive Juneau's gold rush history by panning for gold, followed by a salmon bake at Salmon Creek! Your costumed prospector will drive you to historic Last Chance Basin, where gold was first discovered in Juneau. Retrace the route of Joe Juneau and Richard Harris and view the remains of the famous Alaska-Juneau gold mine. Your prospector will show you how to pan for gold and you keep everything you find.
Guaranteed gold in every pan!
Your next stop is Alaska's "original" outdoor salmon bake, where Alaska salmon is grilled over an open alderwood fire.
Your meal also includes barbecued ribs, chicken, baked beans, rice pilaf, a variety of salads, corn bread and beverages. Local entertainment is provided as you dine beside Salmon Creek, nestled in the foliage of Southeast Alaska's rain forest, under translucent domes that will protect you from any sort of weather. After your meal you may roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire or walk to the waterfall by the remains of an old gold mine. Stay as long as you like and return to the ship at your leisure onboard one of the Salmon Bake shuttle buses.
|Historic Juneau Gold Mine Tour||Juneau, 7/14||Mild||2:45||$64||-|
Departure Times: 12:45pm 4:15pm
Relive Juneau's mining heritage on this one-of-a-kind tour of the remains of what was once the world's largest producing gold mine. Your driver/guide sets the stage during a short ride to Sheep Creek and the site of the mill ruins. A knowledgeable tour guide steps onboard the bus as you make your way up the mountainside to the railroad superintendent's house, where you will be treated to a display of mining equipment and a view of the Gastineau Channel below.
Your next stop takes you underground into the conveyer tunnel, through which the crushed ore was transported to the main mill building. Don hard hats and venture along a boardwalk into the 360-foot long tunnel carved in the mountainside. Inside, experienced miners will demonstrate equipment and talk about the mining lifestyle. Finally, make your way back to the mill ruins, where crushed rocks were further processed and gold recovered. Remarkably, no chemicals were used in the entire process and the mill averaged a 90% recovery rate.
Dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes.
|Mendenhall Glacier & Salmon Bake||Juneau, 7/14||Mild||4:00||$65||-|
Departure Time: 3:15pm
Experience the highlights of Juneau: the Mendenhall Glacier, Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and an all-you-can-eat Alaskan salmon bake. Learn the rich history of the area en route to a unique salmon-rearing facility where displays will enlighten you about this fascinating species. Next, view the Mendenhall Glacier and explore the exhibits at the Visitor Center.
Finally, feast on Alaskan salmon, chicken or ribs along with a variety of side dishes guaranteed to satisfy the heartiest appetite. Listen to musical entertainment and venture out to explore the nearby creek, waterfall and mining remnants. Buses depart regularly back to the pier, so you may return at your leisure.