The southeast portion of Alaska rises as a host of islands from the Gulf. In the midst of these rests the state capitol, Juneau, a town that booms in the summer with tourism, and in the winter with politics. The settlement wraps about the base of mountains diving into the surrounding bays and channels. It crosses too over Gastineau Channel onto the neighboring island of Douglas. My sister Melanie and her family live on the Juneau side.
In the course of our few days it has rained, but even so we have watched whales breaching, porpoises swimming in massive pods, both sealions and seals, and a few eagles too–there is an eagle nest in my sister’s front yard. Here are some photos, sea life not included.
The city of Juneau from Douglas Island
Looking across Auke Bay from the North side of Juneau Island
Looking across Auke Bay from the North end of Douglas Island, towards St Terese Chapel on the island of Juneau
Looking up Mendenhall Valley and Glacier (on Juneau Island) from Douglas Island
the backside of Eagle Crest
Happy New Year, everyone!
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