How the Cookie Crumbles

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North to Alaska: Rainy Juneau Tour

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We followed the guide past the library and had our first glimpse of the Sealaska Heritage Center but did not enter.

We then heard a fascinating story about Patsy Ann, the famous bull terrier, whose statue sits overlooking the wharf and continues to greet tourists on the cruise ships to Juneau.

A sculpture in honor of early miners in Juneau’s Goldbelt:

I hadn’t thought we’d see so many totem poles. They come in many sizes, colors, and tell many stories. In front of the Alaska State Capitol Building, we came upon this bear state, a salmon pinned to the rock.

Aren’t the mountains in the background striking? And breathtaking?

The road sloped downward and then leveled; the asphalt had no chance to dry from the fine drizzle. Damp and chilled, we trudged on. The buildings are self-evident in the photos.

As the road inclined, traffic was sparse. We scaled the sidewalk road, calf muscles, and glutes hard at work. An unexpected surprise awaited, one I had not considered. I thought the house smaller than I imagined, but I’d compared it to Washington. Big mistake. The Governor’s Mansion lorded the corner, the yard around it less than I assumed fitting, surrounded by high hedges and trees. True, the house did not butt up against the neighbor’s; still, it neither looked out of place nor appeared ostentatious. I recall a story that Governor Palin complained about a writer who rented next door, supposedly snooping on her family to write about them. The distance between the houses may well be deceiving.

Our tour guide’s used wireless audio equipment instead of a bullhorn.

Feverish picture taking and excitement over, the way back overlooked housing, mostly apartments. We turned toward the city center and passed older one family homes, the old mixed with the new same as every other city.

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Next on April 27th – North to Alaska: It’s all Greek to Me

© 2018 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

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I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

25 thoughts on “North to Alaska: Rainy Juneau Tour

  1. This has been such a fascinating “return” to Juneau, Tess. I was here in 1985 on my Alaskan cruise–the first of many cruises to other places! Juneau has certainly grown in leaps and bounds. Thank you for my “return” trip 🙂

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  2. Now I have “North To Alaska” in my head, which is good, I like it. lol 😉
    Thanks, Tess, for taking us even more North than I am here in Canada, your pictures are awesome, feels like we’re right there with you. I love that we get to travel with you. Hope the week ahead treats you kindly. 🙂 xoxox

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    • Hi Donna. So nice of you to visit and I hadn’t planned for that song to loop in your head–what am I saying? It’s looping in mine.) Haven’t time these days for a proper visit. Always on the run but I soooo appreciate hearing from you. Hope all is well? ❤ < 3 🙂

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  3. Those pictures are worth going to Alaska for.

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    • Ha ha. I hadn’t realized I’d been paying this much attention to picture taking. Glad you enjoyed them. Some days I had none at all and you may notice, I haven’t many of food. 😦 Thanks for commenting, Jacqui, especially since I’m hardly home these days and certainly not at my keyboard. ❤ 🙂

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  4. Those totems are terrific. I read the story of Patsy Ann. Very nice.

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  5. I appreciate this trip Tess, I would love to visit so this is a thorough way to travel without leaving my house!

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    • Ha ha. And you have the added pleasure of staying D.R.Y. 😀 😀 Enjoy having you drop in though I am not here often. Don’t mean any mystery. Cataract surgery results frustrate me since the second one done in September. Need magnifying glass to read small print along with readers (magnifying glasses from pharmacy). Grrr

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      • GRRRRRR is right Tess. No explanation needed. I do miss you. YOu make me laugh, and think, and all of those good things. 😉 I hope things get better. I always enjoy your trips and words. So I’m along for the ride and yes…glad to be dry!

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  6. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I was not on the top of my game this weekend and it was evident in my remiss in not reblogging my usual post from Tess Karlinski as she continues to explore Alaska.. but here I am holding the door open of the Governor’s mansion … well not literally but if you head over you will find out all about Juneau, the famous Patsy Ann and Sarah Palin’s opinion of her neighbours…

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  7. Your photos are so striking, Tess, that I feel I’ve actually been to Juneau. The mountains in the background are exquisite. I frequently take the train cross country, and when we stop in Colorado, the view takes my breath away ~ every time. Thank you for sharing this lovely tour with us ❤️

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    • Speaking of trains… No, that’s for another time. We did see lots and lots of mountains: glorious, majestic, heart-stopping.
      Glad you enjoy the photos. I wasn’t aware of how many I took. Used to me I’d forget I had a camera or photo-taking device in my hand. Used my iPad mini for these. 🙂 ❤

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  8. I’m guessing Alaska is the one and only state that doesn’t shun Native Americans. The only other place I’ve seen totem poles is Ontario.

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  9. Great photos Tess. And of course, why wouldn’t a writer be curious of the goings on at Palin’s house LOL 🙂 xx

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    • Ha ha. I so-o-o wanted to peek through the windows. The place looked like the household were away, on holidays etc. For a mansion, I thought it small but what do I know. Inside it might have been massive, a bodyguard at every doorway.
      Glad you enjoy the pictures and especially for the visit since I haven’t been present for a long time. In fact it takes a week to cobble together a post. Bad time management on my part. 😦

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  10. Such a beautiful place. We’ve been to Juneau several times, and your post brings back pleasant memories.

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    • So glad your pleasant memories returned after reading. I love sharing my trip because the memories become vivid again. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. I DO appreciate it. 😀

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