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Riggs Glacier (left) and McBride Glacier (center) above Muir Inlet in Glacier Bay National Park.
We just got into port and plan to soar through the treetops later on zip lines. In Juneau, a helicopter pilot will take us buzzing over a vast field of ice. From there we’ll head to Glacier Bay, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed we’ll see calving glaciers. But before our next outdoor adventure, we’re squeezing in some shopping on main street. Visiting these diverse, tight-knit communities in southeast Alaska has been a bucket-list item for me, so I’m not bothered by a little rain. The adventures keep our spirits up and every stop brings new thrills. When we’re not in action, the views of cloud-shrouded peaks rising sharply from the sea are enough to send our hearts racing. And in this moment, I’m actually wishing the cool rain was back, because my cheeks are burning. >> 72
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EARING A DRESS TRIMMED WITH LACE AND HER HAIR DONE IN CURLS, the lady waves a sultry finger at me and calls out, inviting me inside. My cheeks turn red, and I pretend not to hear. My girlfriend, however, laughs at the good-natured fun. We’re in Ketchikan, a town born during the Klondike Gold Rush, and the lady is one of many historic actors playing make-believe to bring the town to life.