Misc & Museums

26 Jul

One of the first things we explored in Juneau was the Treadwell Mines. It’s an old abandoned gold mine on Douglas Island.

Since we’re surrounded by water & it was somewhat warmish, we spent a bit of time at the beach:

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Emma is crazy about water & fetch. She would swim in circles in the water, whining until someone would throw her a ball. She was insatiable.

The mine ruins were pretty cool. There were signs posted explaining what everything was. We saw abandoned carts, buildings, & lots of pilings to climb on:

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The whole reason we came to Douglas Island? Because my aunt & uncle had dentist appointments. This is the dentists office:

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Their dentist sails to Alaska from Washington once a year & visits a bunch of the little communities on the barrier islands in Alaska. He & his wife live on the boat & the front room has a dentist chair & all the equipment. I can think of worse places to have an office 😉

We also spent a bit of time at a few of the many museums in Juneau.

Our first stop was the Alaska State Museum. They have one of 6 interactive globes in the country. There are actually 2 in Juneau. One at the museum & the other at the NOAA office in Auke Bay. The globes change every few minutes to show different things like tides or glacier movements.

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Then it was off to the State Capital where we’re pretty sure they were mining for something underneath it 😉

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The capital is a pretty nondescript building but it still had the usual capital trappings:

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This part of the trip will come in very handy next spring when G~ will start State Fest at school. He’s already picked Alaska.

Up Next: The Trip Home – starting with the Alaska Marine Highway.

K~

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