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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

From Juneau to Skagway‏

May 28th, 2011 · No Comments

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The deepest fjord in North America and one of the deepest and longest in the world connects Juneau and Skagway, Alaska. About 90 miles long and more than 2,000 feet deep, this fjord is an inlet into the mainland of southeast Alaska. But you wouldn’t know if from its name, Lynn Canal.

Twenty-two of the 31 people who took the Mountain Outin’ cruise on the Island Spirit through Alaska’s Inside Passage went on the tour extension through the Lynn Canal and beyond. On May 24 we took the MV Fjordland, a 65-foot catamaran, from Yankee Cove, which is 32 miles north of Juneau, to Skagway. We returned on May 26.

The views were grand, and the mostly sunny, dry weather was remarkable. I took more photographs of Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals, and Steller Sea Lions during my two trips on this boat than in all of my previous 75 years together.

A Bald Eagle Watches

A Bald Eagle Watches

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Three Bald Eagles Watch in Three Directions

Three Bald Eagles Watch in Three Directions

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Harbor Seals at Rest

Harbor Seals at Rest

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A Closer Look at a Pod of Harbor Seals

A Closer Look at a Pod of Harbor Seals

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A Steller Sea Lion Harem at a Rocky Rookery

A Steller Sea Lion Harem at a Rocky Rookery

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Five Steller Sea Lion Climb on the Rocks from the Fjord

Five Steller Sea Lion Climb on the Rocks from the Fjord

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But human beings can sometimes add to the beauty of a scene too. Eldred Rock Lighthouse, 20 miles south of Haines, Alaska, is one example.

Eldred Rock Lighthouse Stands Guard over the Fjord

Eldred Rock Lighthouse Stands Guard over the Fjord

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Usually, however, I prefer my nature untouched by human hands. That’s almost certainly the case with this stream flowing into the fjord.

A Stream Tumbles into Lynn Canal

A Stream Tumbles into Lynn Canal

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