Juneau, Alaska was one of our ports of call while onboard the Disney Wonder. Juneau has been the capital of Alaska since 1906. Sarah Palin, Juneau’s most famous politician, was the governor of Alaska from December 2006 to July 2009. Both Jerry and Casey had to get their picture made with Sarah while in Juneau or at least with her cardboard cutout. Juneau has a population of around 30,000 people. It is located in the Gastineau Channel and only accessible by air or sea. While we were in Juneau, we constantly saw airplanes taking off and landing on the water. Besides the float planes, Juneau has a regular airport.
Even though it was a typical cloudy June day in Juneau, the temperature was perfect for walking around and exploring the city. Like Skagway and Ketchikan, Juneau offers lots of shops for tourists to explore like: Diamonds international, Tanzanite International, Effy Jewelers, Del Sol, Cariloha, Alaska Knifeworks, and many other stores. Juneau’s most famous attraction is the Mendenhall Glacier. It is about a 15 minute drive from downtown Juneau. The glacier is twelve miles long.
Jerry with Sarah Palin outside a shop in Juneau, Alaska. June 2012
We did not see a real bear, although I am sure Alaska has plenty of them, but Caleb still got his picture made with a stuffed bear.
Shops in Juneau.
More shops in Juneau. My favorite shop was the Cariloha shop. Everything in it from t-shirts to sheets were made from bamboo. It was amazing how bamboo sheets could be so much softer than cotton.
This picture of the Disney Wonder was taken from downtown Juneau. It was a very overcast day.
As we were walking in Juneau, we came across Tracy’s King Crab Shack. We were so excited to find this treasure. They served fresh steamed King Crab, crab bisque, and crab cakes. Everything was fresh and delicious. Tracy’s King Crab Shack was a shack that had a tent set up with tables for people to eat on, but this place is not to be missed. Everything we ate was incredibly good.
Both of these pictures are of the incredibly delicious and sweet Alaskan King Crab.
The wonderful crab bisque we were busy eating. The bisque was so delicious we had eaten almost half of it before I realized I had not taken any pictures. The bisque was warm and seasoned just right. It was a tasty treat.
When we were leaving Juneau, we ran into Minnie on deck. Behind us is the city of Juneau.