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The Red Dog Saloon

The interior of the Red Dog Saloon

State Capital Building

House Chamber

Governors of Alaska - note Sarah Palin second from top left

Street Scene of Juneau

Mendenhall Glacier

Passing by Juneau on the ship

Mendenhall Glacier

Paula at the Nugget Falls

Another View of the glacier

Paula with 200 year -old chunk of ice from the glacier

Today the Diamond Princess berthed in Juneau, the capital city of Alaska.

We did not schedule any excursions for this prot so we started out on foot. A short walk from the pier led us to downtown Juneau. We bought shuttle tickets to ride to Mendenhall Glacier. Mendenhall Glacier is about 12 miles from the city. Seeing it was worth the $12.00 each we had to pay for the shuttle.

Mendenhall Glacier is about 12 miles long, extending from the Jueau ice field to the Mendenhall Lake and eventually the Mendenhall River. It has receded 1.75 miles since 1958. The predictions indicate the the glacier will continue to recede. Adjacent to the glacier was Nugget Falls, also know as Glacier Falls which feeds into the Mendenhall Lake. It is speculated that at one time, the glacier covered the falls, or the falls poured onto the glacier.

We walked around a little bit of downtown. The state capital and other government buildings close by. Nothing ostentatious about the buildings. They are rather plain-looking. Apparently, Alaskans feel their tax dollars could be better spent elsewhere.

I took a picture of the Red Dog Saloon, a place to wet your whistle with adult beverages. It is the oldest man-made tourist attraction in Juneau. It was founded during the mining days, and has been in operation for several decades. At one time when Alaska was a territory of the United States, the owners would meet tour boats at the dock with a mule that had a sign that said, "Follow my ass to the Red Dog Saloon."

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