June 27, Tuesday
This morning we returned to the Mendenhall Glacier (the first Forest Service Visitor Center in the nation built in 1962) to do some more of the hikes in and around the Glacier. The Trail of Time was an excellent illustrated walk, showing the path of the glacier over a century. The Mendenhall is only one of 38 large glaciers that flow in the 1,500 square mile Juneau Icefield.
Our next hike was the Steep Creek Trail that was through a swamping section, via boardwalk -- not to worry -- it was not too steep! It had a lot of illustrated signs showing the different species of salmon and the months of their spawning. The salmon are able to smell the different plants and vegetations of their particular stream, and this guides them back to the exact location of their birth for their spawning.
There are many things we have never seen before -- and one is a wild porcupine. And this guy gets a double-take because he was up high eating in a tree!
Signs on both trails had warned us of bears. Even that there could be bears on the direct walking trails. No such luck for us -- but we did see signs of bears! And, it looked to be a pretty FRESH sign!
We ate our packed lunch in the truck (it was raining--again) while we headed into town. I had seen a pair of rain boots that I couldn't get off my mind, and I decided to go back to try them on. Not successful -- I really needed a size bigger, but the other deciding factor was that the ankle-high boots were hard to get on. I tried on a larger size in another pattern, and got the information on the make, model, style. Yep -- they have them in my size on Amazon.
We had one more little chore -- to pick up Charlie Button at the Pet Nanny. We had requested that she have a bath, and called to see if she was all done. On the way out of town we were able to pick up one happy little doggie. She was all clean and nice -- and very happy to see us!
Tomorrow we have a little consolation trip for not seeing Glacier Bay. We are heading for a summer sled-dog-training-camp to hold puppy sled dogs, and be pulled in some kind of training sled on wheels!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown