After our tour of Tracy Arm we proceeded to Alaska's capital city, Juneau. There were several shore excursions here that we enjoyed with my folks.


Juneau Skyline

Juneau is tucked into the narrow margin between the sea and the mountains. The setting is magnificent!


Presbyterian Chapel - Juneau

One of the excursions in Juneau was to see the Mendenhall Glacier. On the way we stopped at this Presbyterian Chapel by the Lake.


Mendenhall Glacier

The Mendenhall Glacier, located outside Juneau, is one of the most easily accessible glaciers in the world. The little "dots" on the sandbar are people walking and riding bicycles.

The glacier is slowly receding, as are most glaciers worldwide, and has been for many years.


Downtown Juneau

Juneau's main street.

As in Ketchikan, there is nowhere to go in a car, but everyone seems to have one.


Juneau Visitors' Center

It was on this Alaskan trip that we picked up one of those family sayings that stay with you much to the puzzlement of others. It seemed that every time we went to an information center the exact brochure that we were looking for was "at the printers."

Nowadays, years later, you might hear Jim or me comment that "it's at the printers" with a sigh of resignation.

The visitors' center has since been moved and this building, which was a replica built in 1981, has been demolished due to severe deterioration.


Russian Orthodox Chapel

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox church was not established to serve Russians but the native Tlingit people who had converted to Orthodoxy during the time of Russian control (1741-1867). The native people were attracted to the Orthodox faith because services were offered in native languages. In contrast other faiths tried to force the use of English and discouraged the native cultures.

The structure dates from 1893.


Totem pole

As in other Alaskan cities, we saw totem poles new and old throughout town.


Alaskan Governor's Mansion

The Alaskan Governor's mansion was built in 1912.

It gained some notoriety during Sarah Palin's Vice-Presidential race, especially when the news broke that she had installed a private tanning bed in the mansion.


Indian Community Center - Juneau

The Tlingit-Haida Community Center in Juneau shows traditional decorations.


Salmon Jerky

Another enjoyable excursion was to a salmon bake. I don't specially recall the baked/grilled salmon, but I vividly remember how delicious the "salmon jerky" was. They were the crusty snivvies that were pulled off the grills.

The guy who drove the bus was also very entertaining.


Shooting Star

These native wildflowers are called Shooting Star.

After our time in Juneau we were off to the ultimate tourist trap: Skagway.


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