Sunday, September 22, 2013

Juneau,  Alaska

Juneau is the only state Capitol not accessible by road, the better to keep those pesky constituents away!

Joe still does not believe me that the only way to arrive here is either by boat or by plane, the latter a dicey proposition at times due to the inclement weather.  He questioned me about it yet again at breakfast this morning!

We asked the Visitor’s Bureau about the lack of a through road: the mountains and the ice fields behind them make a road to the “Outside” financially prohibitive. 

Juneau was the territorial Capitol; when statehood was granted in 1959, the Capitol location did not change. Remember then the population of Anchorage was 20,000 not 340,000, as it is today.  There is a constant battle between Anchorage and Juneau about relocating the Capitol. 

Joe’s impression of Juneau: rainy and quiet. 

He is now enjoying both an NFL football game and a draft Guinness at the local pub, The Lucky Lady. Perhaps his viewpoint will change. 

P.S. We found another civil engineering monument at the Governor’s Mansion. Joe was most impressed by the lack of security and openness of the building. These Alaskans are nice folks!

Another stop at the World Famous Red Dog Saloon and then we are back to the ship to hear a talk by Libby Riddles, who in 1985 was the first woman to win the 1,049 mile long Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome. 

Governor Joe at his mansion!

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