Alaska Day 4
We started the day at the Point Retreat Lighthouse on the north tip of Admiralty Island. First built at the turn of the 20th century, the lighthouse was replaced in the twenties, but was later automated and the buildings abandoned.
In 2000, a non-profit purchased the land and began to restore the lighthouse, the house, and the rest of the grounds. They have made a lot of progress, the house is now occupied full-time. The couple that started the project gave us a tour of the grounds and told us of their adventures.
Admiralty Island is a temperate rainforest, and appropriately it was raining when we arrived. We hiked through a beautiful section of the forest to the lighthouse and back. Admiralty Island has the highest density of brown bears of anywhere in Alaska, but we didn’t see any. Brown bears are so stuffed with salmon this time of year that they could care less about us…
Next stop was Juneau, first to the Mendenhall Glacier just outside of town, then a tour of the Alaska State Museum, and finally a walk through the downtown. There were four huge cruise ships in town, but with the constant rain there weren’t many tourists crowding the streets or the tacky shops.
I tried to take a photo giving a comparison of our little ship to the Holland America Oosterdam, but I think our ship still looks too big in the picture. The top of our ship is much lower than the top of the blue paint on the big boy.