Juneau and the Taku River Valley
From Fairbanks we fly to Circle Hot Springs for another dip in the natural outdoor hot springs then fly into Canada and the Yukon Territories, spending a few days in Dawson, the site of the famous Klondike gold rush. With some time remaining on our schedule, we decide to fly down the Taku River back into Alaska to visit the capital, Juneau.
It was a spectacular flight down the Taku River Valley, with glaciers like this entering the river at frequent locations, much like most of the coastal rivers in Alaska. The valley is deserted, and it seems a shame that few people ever see it.
A few days in Juneau afford us an opportunity to take a jet boat day trip into the Inside Passage and see humpback whales, seals, and other wildlife.
Bald Eagles are abundant throughout Alaska. Just outside of Juneau at Sheep Creek we watch thousands of spawning salmon, which attract many eagles to feed.
Linda and I relaxing on our jet boat ride just outside of Juneau.