Alaska Ride – June 26th – Day#32

Today is the day to get on the ferry down to Prince Rupert. Apparently my dad was really excited to go – he woke up half the campground breaking camp at 5:30a. Too bad the ferry doesn’t leave until noon and is only a 5 minute drive from our camp.

I got out of bed at a more reasonable hour (7a) and packed things up to go. We made the quick ride over to the ferry terminal and started our wait there.IMG_0526

Eventually our ferry showed up and we got to go aboard! Did I mention that it was low tide and we had to go down a steep metal grate platform to get on the boat? Also, you load into the side of the boat, and the opposite door is open, so if you don’t make your left turn, things will get wet very quickly.


View out the front of the boat


We spent most of the ferry ride watching the scenery go by. There were lots of waterfalls, mountains and glaciers.


Eagle Glacier


Herbert Glacier, just to the south.


Mendenhall Glacier overlooks Juneau.


As we were coming into port a Juneau, these guys were tossing something to the eagles while they were fishing. There were a couple of them that kept buzzing around the boat.


That’s about it so far. We are sitting in Juneau waiting for the boat to leave. Figure I’d get a blog entry published while I had a good data connection!


Triathlon Camp–Rambo Hike and Open Water Swim

Not a lot of text tonight – pretty tired and I need to get all of my gear together for the assault on Haleakala tomorrow (I have decided to do all 10,000+ feet, details tomorrow).  Today, we went on a cool hike through a bamboo forest along some streams, with lots of waterfalls.

This is a small stream that we crossed right after starting the trail.


Looking up into the bamboo.


A good lookin’ guy.DSC00681



Another waterfall!DSC00700

I said lots of waterfalls, right?


This one was cool – you had to swim about 50 yds and scale a small waterfall, then you came to a much larger waterfall basin.  Several people went cliff diving here.


After hiking, it was off to the ocean for an open water swim!DSC00762

The reef that protected the beach set up a natural swimming flume, allowing the coaches to watch your swim stroke and give you some good feedback. The current flowed parallel to shore away from this picture. It was very strong – I don’t think I could have made any progress against it without training fins on.DSC00766