Blogs from Juneau, Alaska, United States, North America

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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau July 7th 2014

Mendenhall Glacier was awe inspiring. See Facebook to hear and see what we experienced Kids said it was the best day ever but they say that every day. Their energy and enthusiasm is endless. All are at Juneau homes of the Alaska Youth Choir. Having wonderful times. Off to Anchorsge in morning. That 5 am meeting to airport rill come very early. But stablest uracil be light ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 29th 2014

On the way to Juneau, there was some beautiful views, several photo opportunities, and wild life viewings. We did see humpback whales, however, I did not have my camera on me at the time. Besides, we were inside eating lunch when the ship went past some humpbacks. They "waved" to us. On the other side of the boat, there was one that completely breach. I wish I had seen that. The captain's crew announced it over the intercom. Sea otters were in abundance, but since they only stick their heads out of the water, the pictures I have aren't the greatest. We also some some jumping out of the water and swimming along side the boat. Once in Juneau, we walked around. First stop, the state capitol building. The first question Dean asked on the tour, ... read more
en route Juneau waterfall
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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 12th 2014

Arrive Juneau (capital of Alaska) early. Tied up when we wake up. Today we have our first onshore excursion (and a real big one - dog sledding on the Norris glacier by helicopter). Breakfast and layer up with thermals, etc. Down to disembark and Geoffrey is waiting for us. Julie also got a late berth on this one so we have good company. About 10 others on the trip. On to the bus and fill out weights, waivers, etc. Hmm what weight do I use - gym weight or fully thermalled and layered. Short bus trip trying to keep Geoffrey under control - he is like a kid in the candy store. Get to the helicopter base and have to do real weights, safety briefing and then get life jacket and special glacier booties (great look). ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 26th 2013

Last day in Juneau and it was GORGEOUS WEATHER !!! Super sunny and 59 degrees. Took Flight 76 from Juneau to Seattle - 3hrs - slept the whole flight. Now in Port Orchard WA til Saturday morning- back in Austin to Decompress on Sat. Time Flies ~... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 24th 2013

pics from today the Historic Dalton Trail - where gold was discovered in Porcupine Creek nine miles away. As people came here to pan and mine for gold, the government set up a barrier that allowed only people that had 1 ton of supplies could get a permit (food, ammo, tents etc) - and it would take many of them the entire Spring to make up to 40 trips back and forth to get their 1 ton of supplies. I can only imagine what those days must have been like.... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 23rd 2013

Today is Saturday and we took a ferry boat from Juneau to Haines - 4 hr boat ride, got up at 5am and left the harbor at 7am - got to Haines and drove 33 miles to The Roadhouse for Beers -and lo and behold the Seattle game was on TV!! Got to watch the first half and know that I left that bar confidently knowing Seattle would wind up winning. Visiting Justin's friend "Jonno" - who has a huge house in the wilderness. Going to be here til Tuesday, then catching a ferry back to Juneau. Really different vibe up here in Haines- even more different that Juneau. Super Self Sufficient people everywhere, who work odd jobs, or buy fix and sell stuff and pretty much live off the land. Don't use credit cards, live ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 23rd 2013

from my phone today... read more
Oysters - finally
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mountain from the ferry boat

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 23rd 2013

Took lots of pics today drove around town and state parks, and stopped at THE HAMMER MUSEUM - museum of old hammers. There is this guy native to Haines that started collecting hammers, and now he is in his 50's and has amassed a lot of historic hammers. Many were from the 1800's and I was in awe at the collection that surrounded me. They were closed but let me come in and take some pics. They were cleaning up the place because they are hosting the Hammer Museum Festival next week. Yeah - it really exists. http://www.hammermuseum.org/ I have some kind of allergy that is kickin my ass - reminds me of cedar fever - but there are no cedar trees here. Plenty of other stuff though. Never have allergies. But it feels like the ... read more
Hammer Museum
Hammer Museum
Hammer Museum

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 22nd 2013

There is a large population here in Juneau of German descent. The Gold Rush brought many resourceful Germans here, and they have retained their heritage, both in terms of food and celebrations. And I got a chance to take part in their Octoberfest. The venue was located 800 miles above the main road - on almost the top of the mountain. We took a tram ride up, and that was really exhilarating - especially since I have developed a severe fear of heights in my old age. But I was calm, until the top when the wind blew the tram car around a bit. Once we got to the top, it was raining, and we headed to the lodge, where Justin G. was hosting an Alaskan Brewery Octoberfest party. It was great to see him I ... read more
AK Brewery Octoberfest
AK Brewery Octoberfest
AK Brewery Octoberfest

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Endicott Arm September 20th 2013

getting of the boat at 3am really messed with my sense of what day it is. not paying attention anymore. it is today again. pics of some cool stuff we saw today - tour of the Alaskan Brewery - checked out a huge glacier up close - gonna head to an open mic night at the Alaskan Hotel. I brought my sticks.... read more




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