Mendenhall Glacier & Nugget Falls, Juneau Alaska

A bus ride from the cruise dock to Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls was only a few minutes from our Port. We had three choices when we arrived at our destination, check out the small museum movie and gift shop – walk over to the river to watch the salmon spawning, or a hike over to the Mendenhall Glacier & Nugget Falls. We choose to hike over, just over 20mins one way. We were really glad we did.

I must admit, on the hike over, I kept thinking we could be eaten by a bear. We had a saying – Bears don’t like surprises, so we talked while walking, nice and loud.

Smells like Heaven

The plaque says – Romeo, the spirit of Juneau’s friendly black wolf lives on in this wild place.

Published by David & Laura Speer

Were a Metro Detroit, Michigan, couple – second marriages for both of us – and we dream of retiring early to Travel the World. Follow us while we try and figure out to raise our kids, and save to retire. David is a Robot Programmer, Laura is a Medical Physicist. We put our kids before ourselves for years, saved and ate at home and now after years of all this sacrifice and raising our kids - we are closing in on empty nesting, and we realized we have the opportunity to retire earlier than most and follow our dreams to travel the world. How are we going to do this? Well we have a lot of ideas, but lets see how it works out. Our original retirement date was January 1, 2021. We are reviewing the option of working another 3 years but prefer to keep the 2021 date, either way we will be retired by 55 years old - still trying to figure out how, but working toward our goal everyday, while enjoying each other and our blended family. Follow us to see what happens. All images on this blog are copyright (c)

48 thoughts on “Mendenhall Glacier & Nugget Falls, Juneau Alaska

  1. Sooooo beautiful! And such fun to go with the one you love.
    I was blessed with the opportunity last June to camp for a week in Glacier National Park with my husband, Campbell. Breathtaking! And the bears…good Lord. We also talked and clapped while walking. We felt foolish at first…but after bears were repeatedly sighted around us day after day (we never saw one, thank God), foolish was the order of the day. 🙂
    I found your blog through you liking my comment about Paris on Matthew’s blog (which is wonderful). Thanks for the like! And God bless on the rest of your lovely trip!

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    1. Thanks Mandy, we will be following each other, your such a wonderful writer. I am sure you hear that all the time. We would love to go back, already and we just got home. We laughed so much about the signs “Bears don’t like surprizes” but also paid attention, foolish is smart I think in these cases.

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      1. Yes, feeling foolish is better than getting eaten any day of the week. 😀 We were told the bear bells sometimes suggested are jokingly called “dinner bells,” haha! So we stuck to the clapping and bear spray.
        I’m so glad you guys made it back safely and had such a wonderful time. Have you “recovered” from your travels yet? And by recovered I mean, are you still buried in laundry as Campbell and I were for days? (I must confess I did not fully unpack my backpack for two months!) I feel a vacation was a success if I needed a home vacation afterwards.

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      2. Aieee—no fun! In my opinion, having a chore list is FANTASTIC. For everyone. Character and ownership for the kids, rest and the joy of seeing your kids accomplish and grow in maturity for the parents. And I’m totally with you on the kids helping with laundry. 😂 Once the four of them could do their own laundry and put away their own clothes…it was almost as monumental as finishing with diapers or the day they could all buckle their own seatbelts!

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  2. I knew someone who went to university in British Columbia and the campus was in a forested area. Students were told to wear bells if they went in the woods to let the bears know they were there. Wildlife will treat you with respect if you treat them with respect.

    I’m intrigued by Romeo, Juneau’s spirit wolf!

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    1. We wanted to be safe, and we did see a beart when we were walking thru the woods over to a lifted deck area – once on the deck we saw a bear eating a salmon, we were only previously when in the woods – 20feet from that bear – but he looked busy happy eating the salmon.

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  3. Woah! Awesome photos to capture your adventure! So glad you remained safe (amidst the thought of a bear 🐻) …. you’re such a gorgeous couple in LOVE!

    Really loving your blog! 😁

    Would love to have you Guest Post on
    May I invite you?

    Kindly email me:
    may I please know your email add?


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