Thursday Morning, July 10th
It's our first full day here in Juneau, here in the land of the (almost) perpetual sun. It was finally fully dark by 11pm last night, and Rich said that it started getting light at 3:30am. Thankfully, Bethany, Kristi, and I slept with eye shades, but Rich was up before the crack of dawn exploring his father's boyhood home, the downtown area, and trying to find the trailhead to Mt. Roberts. We've got a small suite here - a very small bedroom with king bed, and small sitting room with pull-out couch for the girls. It suits us well here at the Baranof Hotel.
We enjoyed breakfast downstairs in the Capitol Cafe - packed full of tourists all busily planning their days. Since we're eating only two meals today to save on costs, we each had a hearty breakfast - pancakes, scrambled eggs, spinach, mushroom, and tomato omelet, hash browns, and OJ. The star of the meal was reindeer sausage - must be a specialty around here. Rich must be rubbing off on me - I went ahead and ordered it in my omelet,..and...it was very good! Even better than the usual cow or pig fare, I must say.
So the plan is to see if the fog has lifted enough to warrant the $32 it'll cost to ride the tram up to the top of Mt. Roberts. If it's too foggy we'll just walk around downtown and see what there is to see. We would like to hit the Empty Chair Display at the Juneau Museum today as well.
It really must be a thrill for Rich to walk the same paths that his father must have walked many times over and to see the same sights that he saw. Revisiting history - paths that Rich now gets to experience as an adult. The last time he was here was 42 years ago. His excitement is contagious, and understandably so!