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Monday--Juneau--The One That Got Away, Glacier, etc.

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I had booked a salmon fishing trip in Juneau, and we had a full day in port there. Juneau is the capital of Alaska, and interestingly enough is quite isolated. Its said there are three ways to get to Juneau--boat, plane, or womb. The road stops 23 miles from the center of town, and there are no roads over the icy interior. It's a smallish town, with a few office buildings. lots of cruise ship shops selling tanzanite jewelry (whatever that is), t-shirts, and assorted made-in-china junk, and cruise passengers wandering about.

We first picked up a car from Rent-a-Wreck so we could roam independently. We drove out to Auke Bay, and picked up sandwiches from a very cute and friendly cafe. We met up with our boat, and headed out on the miserable cold and drizzle. We set fishing poles. It rained some more. The hooks got caught in seaweed and debris. The captain untangled things and reset the lines. It rained some more.

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Larry eventually got a bite, and hauled in the biggest fish he'd ever seen. It was a King salmon, almost three feet long. And then his heart got broken, becuase it wasn't large enough to keep. Because of this years limit on Kings, an out of state resident can't keep a King under four feet. The photo is lousy (you don't want to get in anyones way when they're trying to haul in a huge fish on a boat), but that tip of a grey thing is the one that had to be thrown back.

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More little bites, but no fish. However, we did see several whales, saw a lot of the water, and talked to some interesting people, so the morning wasn't a complete wash.

We then drove to Mendenhall Glacier. As you drive over the hill, you see a huge blue shape, the glacier stretching ahead. You can't get very close to it because of the lake, but it's lovely. We only did a short hike here because of the increasingly heavy rain.

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We headed south to Saint Teresa's Shrine, a gorgeous spot on the water. the rain lifted for a few minutes, and we walked around the shoreline. There's an old church in the woods, a labarynth made of stones, and some gardens. And yes, another whale just offshore. We spent some time talking to the caretaker, who like many of the residents we've met, is talkative and has a wicked sense of humor.

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Returned to the ship, ate a decent dinner, sat and schmoozed with the relatives, and then to bed.

Comments (3)

Was it really called Rent-a-Wreck? Too bad Larry didn't get to keep his fish. I hope you post the photo when you get the chance. Seeing whales though is always exciting. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Kim:

Wait, where's the photo? Bummer about the fish. Chris can definitely relate to that. If you and the boys are into deep sea fishing, we should try to do something down here next summer!

sandrac:

Very interesting -- for some reason, I've always wanted to see Juneau! And what a shame about the salmon -- 3 feet sounds pretty long (but not long enough, it seems!)

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