Having completed our turn-round in Seattle, we headed north once more, bound for Ketchikan. The ‘Pacific High Pressure’ area has been sitting over Oregon and Washington State for weeks and consequently they have been basking in high temperatures and glorious weather. Unfortunately, as a consequence, that high-pressure area pushes all the weather patterns coming across the Gulf of Alaska, north and over South-east Alaska. We have been in rain and drizzle for days now, (or it’s almost a week). I write from the Gulf, on our way towards Anchorage for tomorrow morning; yet another day with low cloud and drizzle and, just to add to the mix, a gale is forecast this evening. The only exception in the weather was Icy strait Point, where the sun broke through briefly, decided it had done enough and disappeared again. It did give me time to ride the zip-line though, more about that later in the post. Again, a compendium of photos and videos, taken over the intervening days.
Then on to Endicott Arm on yet another dull morning…..
I tried the camera video option while off Dawes glacier, not entirely successful, I couldn’t zoom-in smoothly, however it did capture the scenes much better than the GoPro.
After Endicott Arm we transit ‘Stephens Passage’. As Juneau, our next port, is so close, we anchor for the night and then weigh anchor at 6 a.m., proceeding into Juneau.
And so, onto Icy Strait Point and the zip-line. I had a few comments from you, my readers, demanding a video of me riding the thing. Well, anything to oblige :-).
The line starts at a height of 480m, or 1550 feet. It takes approximately 90 seconds and one (with my weight) will go down at 60 mph, (100 kph). I found that holding a GoPro and trying to maintain steady ‘flight’ was difficult; one is meant to use one’s hands to apply pressure, (against the wind), thus keeping straight, no wonder then that with one hand, ‘flight’ was ‘wobbly’ 🙄
I posted some photographs of Icy Strait Point on a previous post, however here are a few of the Cannery, with the original equipment on display.
Finally, on walking back to the ship, I spotted a pair of Bald eagles in a tree above:-