Monday, March 20, 2017

Alaska's Capital: (Virtual) Juneau

Juneau is an oddity among capital cities nationwide as there are no roads connecting the city to the rest of Alaska (or North America, for that matter). Everyone must access this State Capital (including all goods) by plane or boat. A ferry (Alaskan Marine Highway System) will transport cars to the city.

Built in 1931 it was later named after a gold prospector from Quebec (Joe Juneau) while Alaska was still a territory. In 1959 Alaska achieved statehood.

The Alaskan State Flag consists of The Big Dipper and the North Star on a field a deep blue.

The waterway pictured here is known as The Marine Highway.

Downtown Juneau

Bus Tour from Juneau to Mendenhall Glacier

And a peek at the Mendenhall Glacier

and a nice tour of the ice caves beneath the glacier

A drone's eye view of Nugget Falls in  Juneau, Alaska.

(If you only watch one video on this THIS one...simply magnificent)

Another must see at Juneau is The Shrine of St. Therese

and the inside of the Shrine. They still hold mass here.

And inspired by the sand and falling water patterns at Nugget Falls...I think I'm going to pan a bit more paydirt this evening...and also add a little to my Alaskan Painting!

More anon...

Juneau at Night