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Published: November 21st 2015
Very grey outlook - the blue areas are the freshest cleaving points in the ice
R: It's really Cate's turn to write the blog, but she really didn't like Juneau, and to be honest, I havent got much great to say either. Its small, it is state capital, and has lots of administrative buildings along with a large cruise ship port and everything around there is closed as it is out of season.
We arrived at 5am and had to wait to get into town as nothing was running and there were no cabs. We got directed to a coffee chain which seems to be local to Juneau, it's interesting to see here are none of the big chains here except Subway. We looked at the sights by about an hour in freezing rain then ended up taking shelter in a museum run by a bored old lady who had been to the UK once, so we spent a long time there.
We tried the Red Dog saloon, a tourist attraction really, but it's quite cool, super friendly staff and Wild West themed with loads of stuff on the walls, swinging saloon doors, and (apparently) saw dust on the floor in the summer. One of the best things to do here seems to be
to work your way through the Alaskan Brewing Company's offerings, so that's exactly what I did...
C: We stayed in another Airbnb here which we were quite excited about as it advertised a friendly golden retriever and cat. Well, Rog is a fan of golden retrievers as some of you know, but this one was the dullest and most miserable dog we'd ever met. I'm not sure it liked the snow and driving rain, probably not great for walks. I sympathise. The cat, Jack, however, was gorgeous. Basically a huge ball of ginger fur and very friendly. Although we do think they conspired together one morning... We were having breakfast (the only time the dog was at all interested in us) and suddenly the cat ran over to the boiler and began staring very intently at it. I had a look and was pretty convinced he'd seen a mouse. A few moments later I was proved correct as a mouse appeared and ran across the bed! Rog came to the rescue and disposed of the mouse outside much to the dismay of the now disgruntled cat. Meanwhile, the dog seized the opportunity and ate the rest of Roger's breakfast
off the table!
R: The next day I took a trip in the rain to Mendenhall Glacier which is about an hour out of town by bus. It's pretty cool and you can see the blue areas in my photo show where the freshest breaks of ice were. There's also a great waterfall you can hike out into.
In the evening, we headed down in a cab (hammering down with rain and extremely windy) to the Red Dog again, being pretty much the only thing open, and continued to work our way through the beers of Alaskan Brewing company and some Bourbon. They also had the most amazing chicken wings!
And that's my positive spin on Juneau!
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