Alaska

5/17: Exploring Juneau

I was up early on Thursday morning, helped by the 4 hour time difference.  I set out at 5am to explore Juneau; it was drizzly and cloudy.

The view of Juneau Harbor from our hotel room

The view of Juneau Harbor from our hotel room

 

The Wilderness Explorer, docked just across from the hotel - this is the boat we would be on for Week No. 3

The Wilderness Explorer, docked just across from the hotel – this is the boat we would be on for Week No. 3

 

Just one of many ravens flying around Juneau

Just one of many ravens flying around Juneau

 

A large mural along the dock

A large mural along the dock

 

A view down the pier - the larger cruise ships dock at the far end

A view down the pier – the larger cruise ships dock at the far end

 

Tracy's King Crab Shack - a popular destination for ......................  Alaskan King Crab

Tracy’s King Crab Shack – a popular destination for …………………. Alaskan King Crab

 

The Red Dog Saloon - another popular tourist attraction. It was too early for a beer at 6am

The Red Dog Saloon – another popular tourist attraction. It was too early for a beer at 6am

 

The Alaskan Brewing Co. store - a good source for souvenir T-shirts.  We would enjoy their brews on the trip.

The Alaskan Brewing Co. store – a good source for souvenir T-shirts. We would enjoy their brews on the trip.

 

Main Street was quiet early in the morning, except for the photobombing ravens

Main Street was quiet early in the morning, except for the photobombing ravens

 

I was back at the hotel before 7am, and Lou was ready for breakfast.  We walked to the Sandpiper Cafe, and had a very good meal.  Food is expensive in Alaska, but we didn’t find it much more than in most resort areas in the US.

The Sandpiper Cafe - good recommendations on Trip Advisor, and a short walk from the hotel

The Sandpiper Cafe – good recommendations on Trip Advisor, and a short walk from the hotel

 

Lou's healthy selection of corned beef hash

Lou’s healthy selection of corned beef hash

 

Lou's healthy selection of Corned Beef Hash

Eggs over medium – the last photo of an egg in this report …

 Note – I like to take food photos, but will try not to overdo it in this report. 

Since we were up early and had a free day, we decided to go to Walmart to get some last minute supplies for the trip.  I had booked a rental car for the day; this was easy since there was an Avis rental counter right at the Goldbelt Hotel.  It was about  a 20 minute drive to Wal Mart, which was out near the airport.  We picked up a supply of cold medicine, ibuprofen, spare reading glasses, sun glasses for Lou, and a few other items.  We didn’t have a cold, but thought it best to be ready since we would be gone for so long.  We also drove around to see if we could find a Verizon store, but no luck (even though they advertised coverage in Juneau, we had no luck with the phones while in Alaska – those darned Apple iPhones).

We could have applied for jobs in Juneau...

We could have applied for jobs in Juneau…

 

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