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in Wrangell, Alaska
May 28, 2004

The Norwegian Sun cruise ship in Wrangell The Norwegian Sun cruise ship in Wrangell
vacation fun in Wrangell AK information about Wrangell Alaska

The Harbor

Wrangell Harbor Wrangell Harbor

Karen and Lee Duquette, plus several other people from the Norwegian Sun cruise ship, went on the Stikine River Jet Boat Tour in Wrangell, Alaska  on May 28, 2004. It was a 4-hour trip on a high-speed, heated and covered jet boat. The cost on this date was $199.00 per adult. Participants must be in good health as they will experience quick stops and starts, and sharp turns. YEAH!

Stikine River Jet Boat Tour information
Stikine River Jet Boat Tour brochure cover

Below: Everyone was given comfortable yellow floatation jackets to wear during this trip.

Lee and Karen Duquette Lee and Karen Duquette

Two boats took this tour. One held 13 passengers and one held only six passengers. Lee and Karen jumped on the six-passenger boat. A friend on the bigger boat took their photo.

The smaller jetboat Lee and Karen Duquette on the small jetboat

Karen Duquette photographing the other boat while they photographed her.

Karen Duquette photographing the other jetboat

Because it was a small boat and a small amount of passengers, Lee Duquette got to drive the boat for awhile.

Lee Duquette driving the boat Lee Duquette driving the boat

Then, of course, Karen Duquette also had her turn driving the boat.

The Captain relaxing Karen Duquette driving the boat

Below: The scenic riverbanks through Cottonwood Slough and Andrews Creek and some houseboats.

houseboat houseboat
houseboat and fisherman
moving houseboat moving houseboat
houseboats on The Stikine River Lee Duquette
The tall stately Sitka Spruce is Alaska's state tree
scenery Sitka Spruce Tree
The Stikine River The Stikine River
Karen Duquette and Cindi

The Stikine River is the fastest free-flowing navigable river in North America, and is truly a photographer's dream. With glacier-capped peaks over 10,000 feet standing guard, and average summer flows of 180,000 cfs, it is one of only five rivers that wind their way through the Coast Mountains between Canada and the U.S.

snow crested mountain snow crested mountain
snow crested mountain
snow crested mountain

Icebergs of all sizes were seen along the way. Glacier ice often appears blue to the eye because it absorbs all the colors of the spectrum EXCEPT blue, which is scattered back. About 75% of the iceberg is under the water's surface.

Iceberg
Iceberg Lee Duquette photographing an iceberg
Iceberg on the Stikine River Iceberg on the Stikine River
Iceberg on the Stikine River Iceberg on the Stikine River
Karen Duquette and an iceberg Lee Duquette and an iceburg
Karen Duquette and an Iceberg

Karen and Lee Duquette touched a big iceberg. The term iceberg refers to chunks of ice larger than 16 feet across. Smaller icebergs are known as bergy bits and growlers.

Karen and Lee Duquette touch a big iceberg Karen Duquette and the iceberg

Karen and Lee Duquette picked up some ice chunks off the iceberg.

Karen Duquette Lee Duquette

"I see  you" says Lee

Lee Duquette being a clown
Striking waterfalls along the Stikine River
Striking waterfalls along the Stikine River Lee Duquette photographing a waterfall
Striking waterfalls along the Stikine River

Below: A quick stop to explore a cabin in the woods - Shakes Slough #2 - Built in 1963, this 16' X 16' A-frame cabin has a second floor loft and a sleeping capacity of seven people. The partially covered front porch has a wooden cooler box for food storage. The cabin overlooks Shakes Slough. No water is readily available near the cabin,

Shakes Slough Shakes Slough

Karen and Lee Duquette climbed up the ladder for a peek above.

Karen Duquette on the ladder Lee Duquette on the ladder
Below: The Boat captain and the 5 passengers
The Boat captain and the 5 passengers

Continue on to the Mendenhall Glacier

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