We learned that the Tongass National Forest is a temperate (rather than tropical) rain forest. A mudslide had brought many trees down the side of the Thunder Mountain leaving it bare and messy. It was purchased in 1985 and the new owners took many of the trees and made them hanging planters. They are gorgeous! The staff bring the flowers out in the spring and put them all back in the green house in late September, after the tourist trips are done. We took a tram ride up the hill and saw the beautiful Mendenhall Valley from the top.
Once we finished at the Gardens we visited Mendenhall Glacier and it was beautiful too. It was fascinating to see the blue in the ice. This is a zoom in and you can see some of the blue along the edge.
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SO pretty! Wish I could visit National Forests like that one! Thanks for sharing Martha!ReplyDelete
Thanks for commenting. That is a good thought. Maybe I can get my DH to plan a trip to visit more National Forests. I'll be our son will take us to one in Hawaii when we visit next month. :-)Delete
I had no idea there are gorgeous gardens like that in Alaska!ReplyDelete
Yes. Who would've thought??Delete
I've never seen a glacier up close like that. What a spectacle that must be. The blue coming from inside the ice looks luminous!ReplyDelete
Hi Trish- yes it was remarkable! Thanks for stopping by.Delete
Gorgeous! I would love to get a chance to see a glacier like that!ReplyDelete
Hi Alyce - My DH wasn't big on visiting Alaska but he really did enjoy the trip. Definitely worth it.Delete
What a wonderful experience! I have always wanted to visit Alaska...these shots emphasize the beauty.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.
Hello Laurel - Thanks for visiting me too. I have to admit I was surprised how beautiful the area is.Delete
Glaciers are incredible. I've seen a couple in New Zealand - their beauty is quite unique.ReplyDelete
Hi Brona- If we'd known how awesome this was we might have done one of the glacier trips when we did the Scandinavian cruise and visited Iceland.Delete
I would really like to visit Alaska...it just seems like a place like no other :) Lovely photos!ReplyDelete
Hi Peppermint Ph.D. - Yes, I would say that Alaska has a lot of unique scenery and history to enjoy. Thanks for visiting here.Delete
gorgeous! ty for sharing this beauty with us Martha!ReplyDelete
Thanks for visiting FHCT. :-)Delete
Gorgeous photos. I'd love to visit Alaska some day.ReplyDelete
Hi Joy- I hope you do get the chance. Thanks for visiting my post.Delete
I dream of going on an Alaskan cruise someday. It looks beautiful! I hope it was a fun trip for you all.ReplyDelete
I went to that glacier back in the 80s! But had definitely forgotten the name, and I don't remember seeing gardens like that. I'd love to get back to Alaska some day. Thanks for the memories!ReplyDelete