Happy Labor Day everybody and welcome to Juneau! We’ve officially reached state number eight: Alaska! Taking our first steps off the boat after a day and a half at sea was just what our sea legs needed, especially considering the rocky night we had (Egh, it was a roughen!). Despite only having access by air or sea the Alaskans still chose Juneau to be their capital and even though the cruise ship tourists are a huge part of their income, they also celebrate Labor day so the city’s public services were closed.
When we arrived we made our way to the salmon viewing platform. They have a lot of bears out there in the wilds of Alaska so apparently there’s a good chance of spotting one or two catching their fishy lunch. Not today though! Nevermind, we still got to see some pretty big salmon and at least there was a hint that bears had been around by all the dead fish on the streams banks. Ick!
After our brush with nature we headed back to town to visit the Red Dog Saloon. Famous for once hosting ‘dancing’ ladies, its claim to fame now is Wyatt Earp’s gun, that proudly sits behind the bar. We stopped in and had our first tipple of the trip, enjoying the country singer that entertained with a funny song about no longer looking good naked. It seemed like a pretty good bet the song was autobiographical.
So, until tomorrow…
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