The flight from Seattle to Juneau took a bit over two hours, but not much could be seen below except for clouds. Then the airplane dove into the murk, emerged above water and soon rolled to a stop in Juenau.
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Alasia The capital of Alaska occupies a narrow strip between steep mountains and a shallow channel separating it from Douglas Island, lined at low tide with mudflats. Snow covered the mountaintops and a big glacier loomed senior the airport, which was perhaps 10 miles north of town. A bearded driver, a Vietnam veteran his cap said so drove us into downtown Juneau, pointing out the sights on the senirs, the high school, there the hospital, and across the channel, a house just bought by Mel Brooks.
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First stop was the Alaska State Museumright next door--a windowless cube whose sides are sculptured in a pretty design. Inside it holds an amazing collection of Alaska lore and history.
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In a ship docked in Seattle with a ton of Klondike gold and the rush was on, though it took another year for the thousands of gold-seekers to reach the goldfields. Next to this was an exhibit about the Eskimo, or as they call themselves, the Inuit and Yupik.
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The exhibit then shifted to the Indians--especially the Tlingit tribes of the panhandle, with their totem art and peaked hats. Even a totem carving of Abraham Lincoln, old and rather weathered. By the way, how does one pronounce "Tlingit?
We continued up a spiral ramp, around a tree with a bald eagle's nest and two stuffed eagles "died naturally," the sign reassures visitors senios, and additional animal exhibits--a wolf family, black-tailed deer I no longer recall all of them, but very well done. And then on the upper floor, memorabilia from Alaska's Russian past, including icons and their design and production.
The lack of perspective was deliberate, the caption said, so that the sacred did not resemble the profane.
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Next to it were documents about the Alaska purchase--even a contemporary cartoon of Clinton reacting to Zhirinovski's pronouncement that he would demand Alaska back, telling an aide "look around, we must have the receipt somewhere.
And so on to ship models, lighthouse lens, and a section for temporary exhibits, now occupied by the work of an Alaska photographer about the salmon and related topics, e.
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Early in Sugar hot Ketchikan 20 30 century it reached a mile or two further, covering the spot where we were standing. This was our first close look at a glacier, a rather untidy and dirty mass, fractured chaotically and sloping surprisingly steeply. At its front ice pinnacles loomed crazily, Hot naughty seniors i n Fort Yukon Alaska tx size of big trucks stood on end or bigger, a wall of fractured ice perhaps ' high.
Ice floes from the glacier floated in the lake and a hill off to the left stood almost bare of vegetation, since it emerged from the ice only some 30 years ago. On the right the big waterfall of Nugget Creek entered the lake just ahead of the glacier front.
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All in all, a tiring day. We ate quite well at the nearby "Fiddlehead" restaurant, named for the native fiddlehead fern, then watched a bit of TV, keeping an eye for the weather forecast. The weatherman told us how lucky Alaska has been to receive a large rainfall in the preceding 24 hours, helping douse forest fires near Anchorage.Ladies Seeking Nsa OR Milwaukie 97222
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I soon lost track of her argument--why your cousin may not be a cousin, why a member of the eagle clan may marry a raven but not another eagle, and details even more arcane. Our boat was named the Sit-ku, "among the glaciers", a new large catamaran seating perhaps 80 on its lower deck and 80 on top.
Lunch was included, prepared by Sue Hanke, the captain's wife, and about 30 passengers filed aboard, including the Portsmouth Brit with whom we sat out the rain in a bus stop the day before.
The boat carried plastic crates filled with binoculars, enough for everyone. Before leaving, the captain gave us a preview: Whoever spotted something interesting would give its directions by the clock dial system oclock dead ahead, 3 oclock abeam on the right, and so on. Then we eased out and soon were heading swiftly into the wind. Mary pointed out the gold mines on both sides of the channel, the reason Frt Juneau's existence and for it becoming the state capital: But the owners became too greedy, cut too many of the supports and the water rushed in--luckily, Hot naughty seniors i n Fort Yukon Alaska tx lives were lost.
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