Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Day in Juneau

Cruising Down the Inside Passage

Still quarantined, I had only the above view to satisfy my travel lust that day.  I watched people taking the Mount Roberts tramway up and down, up and down, up and down.  Still . . . I had good news.  My fever had broken.  If I was fever-free the next morning, I could finally leave my stateroom prison.

So once again, I saw an Alaskan city through the lens of my travel buddy.  When he returned later that afternoon, he commented that he really liked Juneau; that he hadn't expected to.  "This city is real," he said.  It is the capital of Alaska even though half the state's population lives in Anchorage.  The fact that it is the only one of the 50 U.S. capitals that is not connected to a road system is almost unbelievable in this day and age.  To get here you must fly or take a boat.

This city does not rely on tourists for its existence.

He had fun walking the city streets taking pictures of the government buildings, public art, onion domed churches and colorful homes.  His enthusiasm cheered me up.

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