Unless you get close, it's hard to tell just where the damage was. Al works miracles, at least enough to make Homer roadworthy until we get back to Sequim where all the proper work can be done and all the necessary parts ordered.
Clear tape is better than duck, duck goose tape.
The Haines library has won several awards - certainly is pretty.
It's 5:00, the laundry is finished, Homer is clean and tidy, and I think I hear the ice tinkle.
Tomorrow we will be on the road to Haines Junction.
This morning at 5:00 am (did you know there is a 5 on the clock that doesn't signal cocktail time?) we dutifully checked in two hours early for the 7:00 departure of the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry from Juneau to Haines. Tom Dually and Homer look really good in the basement of the boat, don't they? It was easy boarding, straight on. We napped a little, knitted a lot, had breakfast, looked at the gorgeous sights and a show-off whale along the way.
On the ramp to get off the boat. But the tide was really low and the guys directing Al off the ferry somehow underestimated that and the back bumper panel bottomed out. We didn't realize it had happened because it is so far away from the front seat. Our total length is 55', front to back.
This is the right back panel now.
Left rear panel. The entire back is all one piece, top to bottom, side to side.
Duct tape to the rescue! They wouldn't let us drive away until the band-aids had been applied. And sent us off with an extra roll of tape, just in case. And the claim form, of course. They were very nice. I wanted to draw designs on the duct tape, but Al's out there right this very minute with his cordless drill, trying to get it patched together enough to keep traveling without further mishap.
The Bald Eagle is the state bird of Alaska and today we saw one of their amazing nests in the State Museum. They mate for life (no divorce lawyers or family courts) and return to the same nest year after year, remodeling as they go.
The population of the entire state is 626,932 9 in 586,412 square miles. (Washington DC has 632,323 people in 61 square miles.) Secretary of State William Seward bought the whole kit and kaboodle from Russia in 1867 for 2 cents per acre. Not such a folly after all, was it?
A must-see spot downtown Juneau is the Red Dog,Saloon, which has been in business since gold rush days. Just to be polite, we forced ourselves to have an Alaska beer.
Hard to see in this shot, but there is a waterfall right behind downtown. Cool.