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Juneau - The Ride Was More Than Half the Fun

posted Aug 23, 2012, 7:36 PM by Michael Schwarz   [ updated Jul 10, 2016, 2:06 AM ]
The only way to get to Juneau, the state capitol of Alaska, is by boat!!!  We took a catamaran day trip to Juneau from Haines.  Here is the state capitol building, yes the tan one in the back.  It looks marginally better in person.

This is the chamber for the House of Representatives. Note the size. They have 60. That's the big chamber. They have 20 senators. If someone is absent for a vote, they send the cops after him/her. They also have a $7 billion budget. Not bad for a state with less than 700,000 people. They also have no sales tax and every resident of the state gets something called the Permanent Fund Dividend. The state sends them a check. This year it was around $1,500. Almost all of their revenue comes from taxing oil.
Part of the trip to Juneau was a visit to the Mendenhal Glacier a few miles outside of town. You know you can't go far in Alaska without seeing a glacier.

Back on the boat back to Haines

Juneau was nice but seeing the whales on the trip back was great.

There's 2 there. 1 fin, 1 spouting.

Seals on the bouy, just hanging out. They were a little miffed that we woke them up.

More seals hanging out on this island. Check out the lighthouse on the other side.

It's for sale. Anybody interested??

Cocktails await...