Alaska Holiday 5: Photos of Juneau

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

The city of Juneau

The city of Juneau from Douglas Island

Looking across Auke Bay from St Terese Chapel

Auke Bay

Looking across Auke Bay from the North side of Juneau Island

Looking across Auke Bay from the Douglas side

Looking towards the island of Juneau from the island of Douglas

Looking across Auke Bay from the North end of Douglas Island, towards St Terese Chapel on the island of Juneau

Mendenhall Glacier

Looking up Mendenhall Valley and Glacier (on Juneau Island) from Douglas Island

The backside of Eagle Crest

the backside of Eagle Crest

Happy New Year, everyone!

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