Glacier Bay National Park is only about 50 miles west of Juneau, but the only way to get there is by ship or by air. When I booked my flight I expected it to be on a tiny puddle-jumper plane. As it turned out, not only was it tiny, but I was the only one to book this particular flight, so it was just me and the pilot -- my favorite way to fly!
The gateway to the park is the tiny town of Gustavus, population 442. The only place in town to get fuel is this retro gas station, boasting three vintage (but fully functioning) gas pumps from 1937.
I rented a bike for the afternoon and pedaled through Gustavus and the park. The bike was the old-fashioned kind without hand brakes or gears. It's been about 30 years since I've been on one of those; it took me a while to get used to pedaling backwards to stop, instead of pressing on the handle bar brakes!
One of the nastiest--but also eye-catchingl--plants in Alaska is Devil's Club, which I've written about before. It is so called because of the wicked thorns that line its stalk. The brilliant red berries against giant green leaves are always photogenic though.
Also always catching my eye were wild mushrooms, like these Shaggy Mane 'shrooms.
Moss-covered trees like this one are common throughout the temperate forests of Southeast Alaska.
Someone's creative project, in front of Gustavus Inn.