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Juneau

May 16th, 2011 · No Comments

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Juneau surprised me. When I arrived in Alaska’s capitol city at about 9:30 on Sunday night, the sun was shining and the weather was warm.

I was prepared for the rain for which Juneau is well known. In fact, before I flew in from Seattle, I made arrangements to tour Mendenhall Glacier on Monday morning even if it was raining.

When my friend Sharon came here last year, she discovered a great tour guide named Maria Castillo. Sharon had kept Maria’s phone number and gave it to me before I left Boulder.

“I recommend you go to the glacier even if it is raining,” Sharon emailed me when I was at the Sea-Tac Airport. That was all the encouragement I needed to call Maria from the airport. I had the good fortune to have sunny and warm weather on Monday.

Mendenhall Glacier is 12 miles long and just 12 miles from downtown Juneau. The face of the glacier is half a mile wide.

Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

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Formed at the face of the Mendenhall Glacier, Nugget Falls drops 377 feet onto Mendenhall Lake.

Nugget Falls

Nugget Falls

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A Dall Sheep on the Steep Mountainside above Nugget Falls

A Dall Sheep on the Steep Mountainside above Nugget Falls

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Juneau is one of our smallest state capitals. Fewer than 31,000 people live here. It is the only state capitol not reachable by road; the only ways to get here are by air or sea. Juneau is also the only state capital to border another country, Canada.

Downtown Juneau

Downtown Juneau

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In Boulder we are lucky to have Rocky Mountain National Park in our backyard. Juneau is just as lucky to have a glacier in its.

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