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Glacier Helicopter Tour‏

June 1st, 2011 · No Comments

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My Alaska vacation ended with an overview from on high, a helicopter tour of the glaciers in Juneau’s backyard.

During the entire trip I was blessed with sun and no real rain — only a couple brief showers. My good weather luck held to the end when the clouds broke on Friday morning, offering me excellent viewing for a helicopter tour.

Purposefully waiting until that morning to make a reservation, I called three tour companies. One didn’t return my call until two days later, when I was already back in the lower 48, and another didn’t have anything until the afternoon, when I correctly expected the clouds to build up again. But Era Helicopters needed a fourth person immediately in order to made the flight. Their friendly driver arrived 10 minutes later at the Driftwood Lodge, where I was staying.

The Views of the Glaciers were Spectacular

The Views of the Glaciers were Spectacular

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The Tundra Looks Like a Piece of Art

The Tundra Looks Like a Piece of Art

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Nate, our excellent and exceptionally courteous pilot, even landed the helicopter on one of the glaciers. He took this shot of me as I gingerly walked on the ice.

Apparently Alone on the Glacier

Apparently Alone on the Glacier

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This further extension of the optional extension of the Inside Passage tour gave me yet another way to see Alaska. With this flight, the modes of transportation that I took in Alaska included a ship, a jet boat, a catamaran, a skiff, two kayaks, a fixed-wing plane, a railroad train, a van, a shuttle bus, a city bus, and a taxi. You can say that I really get around.

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