I'm the kind of guy that loves nature. Sweeping vistas, mountain tops, I do a lot of backpacking and day hiking. I originally booked this garden tour for my girlfriend but I enjoyed it WAY more than her. I didn't expect to like it so much. I was expecting it to not live up to the hype and the expensive entrance ticket. The colors were magnificent and the gardens themselves transported you to another part of the world. I especially enjoyed the Italian Garden. I wish I could have spent more time at the garden to just sit and reflect. I did the Evening Tour so it was a bit rushed but still amazing all the same. I just wish it wasn't so crowded. Hard to take pictures. Overall was a delight. I would go back again.
This was my first time kayaking so there was a bit of a learning curve for me but great weather and the water was calm. This made for good learning conditions. The guides were extremely knowledgeable about the local area and provided really good information. They provided a warm chowder and cider after the trip. The boat ride to and from the kayak dock was simply breath taking. If you go on a clear day you will see all the surrounding mountain peaks. I am not a water lover naturally but went out of my comfort zone and seriously enjoyed this adventure.
It's hard to know where to begin. If you love glaciers, mountains, hiking, or want to try ice climbing for the first time this is THE trip to do in Juneau. Our guides, Travis and Connor, are extremely charismatic, bright and knowledgeable individuals who made my first glacier trek and ice climb the trip of a life time. I seriously had one of the best times of my life, I was grinning like an idiot when they took us into glacier caves and had us ascend a vertical wall of ice. Everybody tried it and got to the top. Bring a GoPro if you've got one or have someone film you from the bottom. This trip alone has inspired me to get into more technical mountaineering. I do a lot of backpacking/day hiking in my spare time and this is a good way to cross into the more technical aspects of mountaineering. All the while you are trekking on top of a glacier in Alaska. I had most of the gear prior to the trip but they provided quality technical gear. Petzyl, Black Diamond, Mountain Hardwear. This was the highlight of my trip!!
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