The only capital in N. America, you can't reach by road. Alaska's state capital has more than 100 miles of pavement around it, but none of it goes anywhere! Bank robbery is nil, because it's hard to escape! Also, we didn't know it at the time, that McCain would choose his running mate, Palin from Juneau, or we may have gone to look for the Governer's mansion. I hear they are trying to get roads in, but the problem of so many avalanches in the area where the roads would have to go is a big concern.
Juneau is a strange little capital. In the winter it's a beehive of legislators, and lobbyist, locked in political struggles. Then no more then leave, then in May, the cruise ships arrive with swarms of of passengers. It's the most geographically secluded state capital in the country, the only one that cannot be reached by road, only boat or plane.
When gold was discovered in 1880 it started the first gold-rush to Alaska, with prospectors rushing to stake claim
Among the Alaskan capital's most famous historic residents, Patsy Ann, was a familiar friend to every citizen and visitor during the pre-WW11 years. A pedigrree English Bull Terrier, she was born in Oregon (1929) and came to Juneau with the Keyser family, who gave her to Episcopal minister. How the deaf do did it, is a mystery, but she acquired the mysterious habit of appearing on the dock whenever a ship was coming into port. A statue on the quayside honors her memory and Tom was giving her a little pat on the head.
Here's a few more photo's I took on my excursion around Juneau. Here's a pile of whalebones.
So, we go back aboard and see three more ships have arrived, one is right back to back with us. The town looks like a zoo with all the tourists now. So, we go have an ice cream cone, and go up to the top of the ship to the Crow's Nest for the view. Then wander the ship. Tom goes back to his room to watch CNN and I go and sit out on the deck and enjoy the warm weather. We havn't seen Linda and Ken yet, as they are out on an excursion to the ice fields, that we will also see soon and to a salmon bake. I heard after, that they cook the salmon on a big BBQ and when its taken inside, for the tourist to eat, a bear waits until the coast is clear, comes down and licks the BBQ clean. The cook says, he never has to clean it, the bear does it for him!
We meet up with Ken and Linda and go for dinner in the Lido and talk about our day. We are all tired, but enjoying ourselves. There is no good entertainment tonight. They are showing a movie!! A MOVIE...gads, it must be hard to get entertainment to come to Alaska! Off to bed, and tomorrow is Skagway.