The Vision's passengers tendered into Juneau, as the pier was already filled with the Dawn Princess, the Ryndam, and the NCL Sky. We were in one of the early groups getting off for shore excursions, and the process was fairly painless.
We were taken by bus to the Telemaco offices and landing pads to prepare for our excursion. They gave us Glacier boots that slid over our footwear, and climbed aboard our chopper for an amazing ride above Mendenhall Glacier, and over to Norris Glacier, where the dog camp is located. As we landed the sled dogs started barking wildly. I imagined they were begging not to be chosen for my sled. Each group was supplied with a musher (sled driver). Brian was our guy. He has us help hook up the team. At one point Tommy, one of the beautiful sled dogs, jumped up on me. Obviously begging me to spare him the ardous task. This team of dogs was amazing, carrying us across the snow covered glacier with ease. Brian stopped the sled a number of times to allow us time to relax, enjoy the view, and change positions. On one portion of the ride I was seated immediately behind the dogs. At that time a Kuki thought ocurred to me. That's why everyone wants to be the lead dog. For the others, the view never changes.
Once the sled started moving it was obvious these dogs love to run. It was a great jaunt around the glacier, and Brian was an excellent musher, and guide
As we returned to base camp I noticed the clouds had dropped pretty low over them mountains, and asked how bad it has to get before they start canceling flights in. Brian showed us some landmarks on that mountain which are used as markers to make that determination.
When we got back to base camp there was no helicopter returning to pick us up. The heliport had radioed tosay that the helicopters had turned back with passengers
After our return to town Mrs. Kuki and I headed to the
Before heading back to the ship I, of course, stopped in to the Alaska Fudge Co. It's my favorite fudge in the world, and I bought enough for all of us. Now, if you want a taste, you'll have to hope I don't eat it all before I get home
Tonight is Novel Quest, and I can't get wait to get our table mates into the game. They're all RCI rookies, so they don't know what to expect. Shhhhh, don't tell!
The adventure continues.....Next Installment Go to the Beginning of Kuki's Adventure