Saturday, June 22, 2013

Alyeska - The Great Land

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.
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