Mendenhall Glacier & Nugget Falls, Juneau, Alaska #TuesdayTravels

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Our first port of call on the Alaska cruise was Juneau, Alaska’s capital city…

Juneau and for our selected shore excursion we went to Mendenhall Glacier where we hiked out to Nugget Falls for a closer look at both glacier and waterfall.

Linda and Jann at glacier

Linda and Jann at Mendenhall Glacier

If we both look a little larger than usual, it’s the result of at least three layers of clothing. The sun never came out that afternoon, and the temperature was on the chilly side. (And yes, we’re spoiled Southern Californians who get cold when the temp drops below 65 degrees!]

Mendenhall Glacier is Juneau’s biggest attraction and it is impressive. We opted to make the hike to Nugget Falls first and hit the visitor center later, what turned out to be a wise decision.

The trail to Nugget Falls is two miles long and takes about 45 minutes to hike, unless you’re like us and stop every few feet to take photos of the lush foliage along the way. We stopped to examine bubbling streams, rocks covered in lichen, ferns and wildflowers.

By the time we got back to the visitor center, it had started raining and about a dozen more busloads of tourists had descended on the glacier, so we were glad to hit the restroom and head back to the cruise ship.

Coral Princess

Princess cruise ship docked at Juneau

We really enjoyed out trip to Mendenhall Glacier and I’m so glad I got to see if before it melts even more. Next week, Skagway!


My Heart’s in the Highlands #TuesdayTravels

Tuesday Travel buttonMy heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.

Robert Burns wrote that song back in 1789, and now that I’ve been to the Highlands, I understand what he meant. Not that I’m interested in chasing the deer, but I left a piece of my heart in the Highlands last July. I’m sure I’m not the only one. Robert Burns is Scotland’s national poet, best known for writing Auld Lang Syne, sung around the world every New Year’s Eve. Burns was born on Jan. 25, 1759 and Scots will be celebrating his birthday this week with Burns Day Dinners and appropriate toasts accompanied by Scotch whisky.

Our day in the Highlands was one of my favorite port stops on the cruise of the British Isles. We docked at Invergordon, not far from Inverness, capital of the Highlands. This photo was taken from our cabin’s balcony as we neared port. The oil storage tanks aren’t very scenic, but North Sea oil has been very important to Scotland and the United Kingdom.

Invergordon1-400x300After visiting the battlefield at Culloden Moor, we had lunch and drove towards Loch Ness, passing through Inverness.

Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle

Since we didn’t stop in Inverness, I’m supplementing my photos with this one from Deposit Photos, which shows just how pretty this small city is.

Inverness, Scotland

Scotland – Inverness

I snapped this photo from the bus. What a lovely place to live.


We didn’t see any deer, but we did see lots of sheep. Again, this image is from Deposit Photos.


Glen Shee, Highlands, Scotland

When the time came to leave Invergordon, a local band piped us on our way. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

Pipe Band

What’s your favorite place on earth? Where have you left a piece of your heart?