The adventures began in
Juneau. Accessible only by water or air, Juneau is an interesting
little city. The natural splendors around it, like the Mendenhall
Glacier, radiate the natural beauty for which Alaska is known. Tlingit
totem poles and artifacts are scattered around the town. Aside from
running the state government, the other major activity is tourism. The
“downtown” section of this quaint city of 30,000 people is crammed with
souvenir and tourist shops catering to the huge cruise ships that are in
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our travels to Juneau (city),
Mendenhall Glacier, and
Map from Google.
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We made two visits
Juneau; both before and after Glacier Bay. We also had our best meals
here; an elegant and delicious meal at the Gold Room of the Baranof
hotel, a casual but equally delicious meal at Twisted Fish at the piers,
and a fabulous fresh crab lunch at “The Crab Shack”!
Jade is the state
gem of Alaska. There is an entire mountain of jade on the Kenai
Peninsula. I was fortunate enough to buy unstrung jade beads in Juneau
to create a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Juneau is also the
departure point for the numerous bush plane and air taxi services that
connect Juneau with the rest of Southeast Alaska … like Gustavus and