A Day in Juneau

Trip Start May 29, 2009
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Trip End Oct 03, 2009


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Friday, August 28, 2009

We rode the 9:00 am shuttle from our motel to downtown Juneau. We walked a couple of blocks (and a big hill) to the state capitol.  Alaska still uses the old territorial capitol that was designed as a Federal Building with no rotunda or atrium. The movement to create a new capital in central Alaska is apparently dead due to the costs involved.

Although we had a knowledgeable and personable tour guide, the tour was quite short.  Both legislative chambers are closed while they are being renovated.  Afterwards we walked a few more blocks and up an even steeper hill to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. This is the oldest Russian Orthodox church in continuous use in the United States.  Unfortunately, we are now zero for two on Russian churches.  This church was closed just like the one in Sitka.  And, in Juneau there were four ships in port !

We bummed around town, browsing the tourist and jewelry shops. We had a great lunch at a restaurant called The Twisted Fish on the dock past the cruise ships. After lunch, we continued to brave the rain, and even double checked back at the Russian Church, but it was still closed.

We caught the shuttle back to our motel, picked up our luggage, and went to the airport. We enjoyed our last flight on a small plane back to Skagway.

We breathed a great sigh of relief.  All of the logistics and transportation issues of the last few days worked flawlessly.  And, it is still drizzling in Skagway.  It felt good to get back to our motorhome for a light dinner.

It is with some sadness that we write today's blog.  We have had such a great time and countless adventures in the Yukon and Alaska. Tomorrow, we leave Alaska for the 1700 mile drive to Seattle via the Cassiar and Yellowhead Highway through British Columbia.
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