Wednesday, June 28
Before I start on today's details, I want to share a couple pictures of Tom's Sockeye Salmon steak dinner last night . . . the same recipe we had last week and swore we would cook again!
Our tour of the summer dog sled training camp was to meet at the tram ride in downtown Juneau at 9:00 a.m. The girl that met us said there was a “mix-up” in the drivers, and wanted to know if we could go at 11:00. We figured that they just wanted to cop out because there were only two of us. . . and because we had a coupon for buy one ($132) and get one free. We walked on!
And, there we were standing right under the Mount Roberts tram ride – and the day was clearer than we had seen in the past 5 days! Up we went. We had a BOGO coupon for that, and so for $33 we both got a hand stamp that was good for all day. The ride up was just 8 minutes and was narrated by a native Tlingit who spoke a bit about the mountain in his native language -- and then translated. The view was beautiful!
On top we were pleasantly surprised to find a variety of things to do. An excellent movie about the Tlingit history in the area, a quality restaurant with all-you-can-eat Dungeness Crab (did not do!) quality stores with native artisans and crafts, a Loop Trail around the top of the mountain, and finally a live performance in the theater by a local family/band (free) that has recently been featured on PBS! Well, only 1/5 of the family (the father) was there today, but he put on a nice singing, narrative, and slide show presentation.
There was a Lower Trail that hiked from where the Tram perched on the mountaintop back down to the streets of Juneau -- it was just a mile. But, signs cautioned: "This trail is uneven, often muddy, steep, winding, and can be blocked by blowdowns, roots, and boulders." The tram seemed like the best option.
Today is our last day in Juneau, and that always calls for a bit of clean-up and preparation to get on the ferry. We have some of the local shrimp to cook for supper tonight, and we need to leave here at 6:00 a.m. to make the ferry. Goodbye Juneau!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown