Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Onward to Juneau, Alaska!

We made our first stop in Alaska in Juneau. The scenary was absolutely gorgeous! We had an awesome stateroom on the ship with a huge balcony! We spent tons of time on the balcony because the scenary was so breathtaking. The following pictures are right upon arrival in Juneau.

I was so excited to be in Juneau because this was where my dream of dogsledding was about to come true! The first step was to get suited up for our helicopter ride to Mendenhall Glacier. We were told to dress warm as it was incredibly cold on the glacier itself. Just a side note, it was 105 degrees in Dallas on this particular day and I had on multiple layers of clothing, my ugg boots, hat and gloves!

We then were given a safety briefing for the helicopter ride and then we were off.

A view from above.

Then as we got closer, our pilot, Nate, pointed out the camp. Those tiny dots are all the dogs at the camp! They look like ants from so far away.

We touched down and jumped out and Tom decided to have a little snowball fight!

Check out just half of the dogs at camp!

I immediately connected with this sweetie pie- Rascal!

This is our team for the day!

We had a few minutes to meet the pack and then we were off!

I had so much fun and even got to drive the sled for a little bit! I talked to the mushers and found out that the main guy that ran Alaska Icefield Expeditions, is from Signal Mountain! I felt like I was chatting with an old friend as we talked about all things Tennessee!
We also got to meet some of the new puppies that were a few weeks old. How cute are these little guys?

Dogsledding and helicopter riding now top my list for the most unbelievable experiences I have ever had. I will definitely take on this adventure again one day if I ever get the chance. I won't ever forget how excited I was on that day!


Amanda said...

Oh my goodness!! SO BEAUTIFUL!! Looks like you had a wonderful time!!

Todd and Courtney said...

OH I love it. We might have to try that next year :) I can't believe that guy was from Signal Mtn. What a small world!

Lianna Knight said...

LOVE the first pic of you in your white beenie!!!! You look adorable :)

So glad you and the hubby had a great time!!!

AlaskaIcefield said...

You guys got some great photos! Thanks for coming up to the camp and thank you for sharing your adventure.

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

Wow, those pictures are beautiful!! Looks like you guys had an amazing time. :)

Katie Klohn said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time!

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