Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip
This is the Cruise ship description of this excursion, "Discover the fun of white-water rafting on an exciting - yet gentle - Mendenhall River excursion that's perfect for rafters of all ages and levels of experience. You'll get magnificent views of the Mendenhall Glacier, as well as have the chance to test your skills "shooting" some rapids."
It is misleading as the photo on the website shows excitement, not a lame ride.
Our guide Miles was wonderful and informative. Yes, you do 'see' the glacier, he turns the raft so you can take pictures. Class II rapids are pretty tame, I got one hand wet the whole time.
One complaint was that the brochure said to bring extra socks, but says nothing else about what to bring or wear. Our group wore thermals under our jeans, extra shirts, we were way overdressed. When we arrived, we were given waterproof overalls and boots to wear. If I'd known that, I wouldn't have worn half the clothes I did.
The float trip itself was beautiful in scenery, but mostly relaxing, very little to NO excitement, Miles does all the rowing. Miles pointed out countless bald eagles. (For another similar review read GertieinEugene for a similar experience, almost identical in experiences a year apart!)
We did start out on Mendenhall lake and it took us a while to get to the river part of our ride. It was very cold on that part.
You do go past neighborhoods, backyards, and hear an interesting story on the junkyard cars that fell in the river in the 60's after an earthquake and are still there.
If you want a very tame experience, like laying out by the pool kind of relaxation don't fork out the $129. per person for this excursion!
If not for Miles (a wonderfully informative, nice, young man), I would have given it a 1 star. Now if this was $30. a person it would have been okay. At this inflated, expensive price, I want something for my money and it better not be lame!
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