As the Glacier Bay boys were bundled up inside their tent in an Alaskan storm, three of us ladies headed to Juneau. We met in Seattle and caught an early flight on April 10th, the day the boys were expected to get off the glacier. We kept our plans a secret — our goal: a welcome back surprise.
Unfortunately, the weather was not our friend that day and there was no window for Fly Drake to grab the guys. Juneau, rainy and gloomy as well, welcomed us anyway. For the next few days, we set out to explore our surroundings and enjoy local culture. Dreary weather didn’t stop us from adventuring, as we proceeded to sight see around beautiful Alaska.
On Monday, three days past schedule, the boys were able to fly out from the glacier. Suspecting nothing, they phoned us to check in once they were on the ferry from Haines to Juneau. Five hours later we greeted them as they arrived from the ferry terminal. Seeing the astonished looks on their faces we knew that our surprise worked as we hoped. It was an awesome way to welcome them back into civilization. Definitely worth the days of work missed to be there!
Recap of WildSnow posts from the week of April 27 to May 1st:
Homies on Hayes Expedition Intro
5 Ways To Manage Tent-Bound Insanity
Jotunheimen Norway – Land Of The Giants
On The Way To Mt. Hayes, Alaska
WildSnow Girl, Julia Dubinina, is a weekend warrior chasing snow in winter and sun in summer. A lover of long tours and steep skin tracks, she explores the Pacific Northwest and beyond. When she is not out adventuring, she is working away at her corporate desk job for a software company to make her next adventure happen.