I’ve been to Juneau twice for work this year, and both times I’ve been so in love with how pretty the town is.
The first time was a super clear but cold day. Between seeing customers I was able to eat lunch at a place downtown called The Rookery.
I also got to go to the brewery of one of our favourite Alaskan beers: the Alaskan Brewing Company!
Not only did I get to sample six amazing beers before my flight home, I got to chat with the coolest employee there who collects beer bottles from around the world. I told him I would bring two Thomas Creek beers from Greenville, SC and we would drink them together before adding them to his wall. So if someone could send me some TC beer, that would be awesome!
Yesterday was my second time back to Juneau, and the day wasn’t as clear, but just as fun.
I ended up having a coworker in town the same day, so we shared a rental car, made our sales calls, and then he showed me Juneau from a locals viewpoint (he’s a local Alaskan).
First up: the Mendenhall Glacier. Cloudy days are the ideal days for seeing glaciers: the cloudy overcast makes the glaciers shine to an amazing blue. In colder weather, the water runoff from the glacier freezes and you can walk across ice all the way up to it! Sadly, Alaska has been a bit warmer than usual so no close encounters yet.
Next, we checked out the Wall of Skis!
This is a local landmark, technically across from Juneau in North Douglas, AK. A local guy started collecting skis and then made a wall of it. This Article gives a good insight about the wall and the guy that built it. We saw it on the side of the road as we were going to look at Eaglecrest Ski Resort (we had a really late flight home last night) and had to pull over. My coworker is a big skier (went to college and skied on UA-Fairbanks cross country team!) so he was so into this landmark.
There are a lot more cool things to do in Juneau, we just didn’t have time. It will be interesting to see Downtown Juneau during cruise season: I’m told the tourists take over the streets and that it almost resembles Nassau in terms of the kitchy cruise shops (jewelry stores galore! T-shirt shops a plenty!), but overall the town pulls out their friendly smiles and makes everyone feel welcome.
To end, a little humor.
Did JUNEAU that Juneau is the capital of Alaska?
Did JUNEAU that Juneau was incorporated in 1900?
Did JUNEAU that Juneau’s population is only 30,000 (Anchorage’s is close to 300,000!)
Have a great weekend, y’all!!