You Can't Drive To Here
Trip Start May 12, 2013
66Trip End Jul 15, 2013
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Juneau is Alaska’s third largest city and its capital. Only about 30,000 people live here, many of
them state employees or those involved with the tourist industry. Cruise ships dock right downtown and as many as 10,000 people pour out of these ships onto the sidewalks on any given summer
day. Denny and I happened to hit it when
three ships were in port so we changed course and headed out to explore the neighborhoods.
The homes are situated on very hilly streets many of them
with yards filled with beautiful wildflower gardens
undergoing some earthquake proofing at the moment so we had to enter through a side
There is an on-going fight here to move the capital itself
to another town closer to Anchorage or Fairbanks. In addition, many want to build a new capitol
building but don’t like the hefty price tag.
(It is a rather dismal building inside built in 1931 long before Alaska
became a state in 1959, so it was never meant to be a Capitol building at all.)
Whenever we are in a new town we tend to spend a lot of time
looking up at the tops of buildings. A
town’s history is written up there. We
were not disappointed with Juneau. It
has unique architecture with a past
We used our trusty guide book to find a good pizza place
tucked out of the way of the cruisers and enjoyed a great salad and a couple of
slices and watched Game Six of the NBA Finals.
The Heat won.
About that “You Can’t Drive To Here” thing:
Juneau is surrounded by Mount Juneau, Mount Roberts and the
Gastineau Channel. It also has the 1,500
square- mile Juneau Icefield nearby which poses avalanche threats all
winter. For all of these reasons, THERE
ARE NO ROADS LEADING INTO JUNEAU. You
can only arrive in the city by water or airplane. Interesting tidbit.