and is separated from it by several sea passages. Therefore we will go back by plane, on this tiny Piper-PA-32-301.
I got the spot of a second pilot on this flight.
Short running start and open spaces of the sea passages covered with heaps of islands appeared below…
30 miles (50 kilometers) by air are very different from 30 miles on the ground. It wasn't even half an hour until our plane reached the well-known glacier Mendenhall. We are coming from the sea side flying above the ices, doing a long arch in the air and, turning practically 180 degrees we get down at the international airport of Juneau.
As our pilot explained, it is a base camp of dogsleds races. There is a competition happening in Juneau now.
Blue water puddles pleated on a glacier reminded me of yellow drops of sunflower oil pleated on mashed potatoes if you trifle it with a spoon … Mmmm... I got hungry as I was writing it!
Here is the airport:
Small rain drizzles on the windshield. In a second the plane will land on a runway…
The Juneau airport is rather rural, but due to the fact that the only weekly flight is to Canada located behind the ridge, it has a status of international. Obviously, the capital of the largest state in America has to have the international airport!
The tour is over, and the rest of time we can devote to walking around Juneau. The town is small, you can walk around its central part in an hour or even less. Both Juneau and
reminded me of the classical cowboy's town known from westerns. And what cowboy's town do you know that doesn't have a characteristic saloon? :)
Numerous ferries and seaplanes connect Juneau with neighboring towns and are also used for tourism.
Two fine watercrafts differ only in the sense that the farthest one can't fly.
What a picturesque bay!
Citizens of Alaska are very open, friendly and simple people. Four-footed inhabitants of Alaska are very similar as well!
Here is a monument to Joe Dzhuno and Richard Harris, gold diggers and pioneers of Alaska:
The government building:
On the streets of the provincial capital:
To complete the walk, I went on a ropeway to the top of the Roberts mountain towering over the city to admire neighboring hills and gulfs. I noticed the Disney Wonder in one of them.
The ropeway was built recently, in the 90s. Helicopters were used to install this impressive construction on the mountain.
The height of the elevator is more than 500 meters. Island Princess seems absolutely tiny from here.
Meanwhile, it is time to go down. Just a few minutes later and we are in the port again.
At 8:30 p.m. the motor ship left the capital of Alaska and continued the movement in the passages of Inside passage, through narrowness and skerries making its way to Skagway located nearby.
In the following part of the story I will tell you about our acquaintance with the southeast Alaskan "handle of a frying pan", of the parking in Skagway during which we took an extraordinary beautiful trip on the boat to neighboring fjords which we saw both in the fog and in bright sunshine; and many-many other interesting things...