It was my first tour day! Sunny and beautiful outside, I couldn't have asked for a better day in Juneau. I had a bus full of people from LA and Hawaii, full of questions and happy to laugh at my jokes. It makes getting back into the swing of things a easier with a group like that. I know there is a proverb somewhere about laughter and it uniting people - that what's it felt like. We went to the glacier and then to Glacier Gardens, which is where I remembered to pull out my camera. The girl in the photo with me is Joey. We were on the same tours today, so we got to know each other pretty well after chatting in the down time.
The Gardens are beautiful. Even with the plantings not being complete, and the upside down trees looking pretty bare, the landscape is breath taking. People that go on this tour take a golf cart ride 600 feet above sea level, through the Tongass National Forest, to come out at a look out. The view back towards Juneau is awesome. The ride gives people a close view of the natural flora, and there is an eagle's nest that is about as big as a VW Bug.
Inside the green house, they are still keeping the plants safe from the frosty nights. In a few weeks, this place will be cleared out and turned into sitting area and cafe. They will keep the hanging pots from the ceiling and soon the petunias will take over. They get huge!
Here is Joey's bus dropping off. If you want, you can imagine it's my bus, as mine looked exactly the same today. Just one tour today, and the next ship comes on Sunday.
I move into my apartment on Friday, which I am beyond excited about. I'll have an address, and I won't have to move again until September! I met some of my old friends from the 2004 season, exchanged phone numbers, and started to feel better about being here today. Such a difference having a job makes.
And in case you are wondering how K and B are. They are great. Thanks for asking.