On my first full day in Alaska, I visited Juneau's superb State History Museum.
Motivation and trepidation both presented themselves as I rolled around Alaska's capital.
I interviewed a woman who helps run a whale-watching tour company, and she kindly put me on a boat. We saw a humpback "lunge-feeding" before we even left the harbor. Later I saw more whales diving with a final wave of their tails.
A few other photos from around Juneau, including shots of a massive glacier.
From Juneau I took the ferry to Haines, where I bear-proofed my campsite before heading to the American Bald Eagle Foundation and then having a couple of beers and working on my writing at the Haines Brewing Company.