Juneau, Alaska

The Little Capital of Greater Alaska

Bubble Hunt
Humpback whales carry out attack a shoal in group
Arm of Sea
The Alaskan Gastineau Canal in which the state capital was housed.
Red Dog Saloon
Customers mingle at the Red Dog Saloon, Juneau's historic and iconic bar-restaurant.
Meeting point
Seaplane slides to Juneau dock, after mooring in Gastineau canal.
tight ride
Passersby pass by on a shopping street lined with Juneau jewelry stores.
Mount Roberts Tramway
Gondola lift climbs the steep slope of Mount Roberts, already high above the Gastineau Canal.
Mendenhall Lake & Glacier
View of the Mendenhall Glacier from this side of the homonymous lake to which it originates.
Orthodox legacy
Orthodox chapel proves Alaska's Russian past, also in Juneau.
Landing more handy
Sea lions rest on a buoy lighthouse at the exit of the Gastineau Canal.
In the Taste of Time
Long glacier flows from the gigantic Juneau ice field that stretches into British Columbia.
Juneau by Ares
Two paragliders hover on the projection of the slope of Mount Roberts.
Thunder Mountains
Snowy top of the Thunder Mountains. Across its summits, the Juneau Ice Field is hidden.
Public Submersion
Baleia sinks before a boat full of enthusiasts.
flight over deck
Seaplane flies alongside a huge cruise ship moored in Juneau's main dock.
From June to August, Juneau disappears behind cruise ships that dock at its dockside. Even so, it is in this small capital that the fate of the 49th American state is decided.

There's always room for another boat in Southeast Alaska.

Isolated between the Pacific Ocean and the vastness of British Columbia, the region is fragmented by countless channels and fjords.

From them rise the Coast Mountains, a coastal range next to Tongass and one of the largest forests in the United States.

Alluvial Valley, Juneau the Little Capital of Greater Alaska

The Alaskan Gastineau Canal in which the state capital was housed.

This rude nature makes the construction of roads unfeasible. With the exception of Skagway, Hyder and Haines, the local villages still lack a road connection to the outside.

The route of choice is, therefore, the Alaska Marine Highway, a kind of maritime highway that starts in the distant Aleutian port of Unalasca/Dutch Harbour.

And that goes through the interior passage of the «frying pan» to Bellingham or Prince Rupert, north of Vancouver.

We become your frequent flyers.

On one of several marine voyages, we boarded the “M/V Malaspina” in Skagway, bound for the Alaskan capital.

Alaska Marine Highway Down, Toward Capital Juneau

During the winter, practically no tourists arrive. Juneau lives a genuine life. State lawmakers entertain themselves here with their lobbies and political confrontations.

They meet daily to work at the Capitol and City Hall. Then, due to lack of space and supply, they socialize together in the few streets, restaurants and bars of the city.

Tight Ride, Juneau the Little Capital of Greater Alaska

Passersby pass by on a shopping street lined with Juneau jewelry stores.

From 2006 to 2009, the protagonist of this circle was the Republican governor Sarah Palin. Born in Idaho, she moved with her family to Alaska at a young age.

It didn't take him long to become attached to the state and to Juneau, where he has a poorly protected roadside mansion that he almost never inhabits, to the detriment of the original, in Wasilla.

But the Republican was not as fond of it as expected.

Twenty-two years after placing third in the Miss Alaska pageant, just days after taking office, Palin angered the people of Juneau by telling her commissioners that they didn't have to move to the capital.

Orthodox Chapel, Juneau the Little Capital of Greater Alaska

Orthodox chapel proves Alaska's Russian past, also in Juneau.

The truth is that few politicians like the prospect of being besieged in the miniature capital, condemned by a dismal weather and hours on end in front of the television. Even so, the governor's sincerity was excessive.

In August 2008, Sarah Palin left the state capital to strengthen John McCain's candidacy for the White House.

The result was not what the Republicans expected and the objective of the presidential election was defeated.

Lower 48 Americans' Surprise at the Capital of Greater Alaska

Summer has always brought changes to Juneau. "This is it??" people just disembarked from summer cruises ask over and over again.

Juneau has the ability to leave many of the Lower 48's compatriots in disbelief. Its small size seems like a joke to them.

Seaplane Mooring, Juneau the Little Capital of Greater Alaska

Seaplane slides into Juneau dock after mooring in Gastineau Canal

Especially when the shipping companies are present with several of their huge cruise ships, part of the city is “stuck” between the monstrous ships and the shops at the base of Mount Juneau.

The squeeze generates the same consumerist stimulus that governs Skagway, but suffocates the city.

Visitors with wide views and full wallets monopolize the few possible escapes.

From the ends of S Franklin Street, a cable car ascends to the summit of Mount Roberts.

Mount Roberts Tramway, Juneau the Little Capital of Greater Alaska

Gondola lift climbs the steep slope of Mount Roberts, already high above the Gastineau Canal.

From the same top, we unveil, in panoramic format, the townhouse in the city and the contiguous liners.

The long channel of Gastineau, furrows the dense forest.

We see it transformed into a busy airstrip, such is the number of seaplanes taking off to fly over other scenarios in the surroundings:

snowy mountains, lakes, the Mendenhall Glacier and the vast ice field that slips.

Glacier, Juneau the Little Capital of Greater Alaska

Long glacier flows from the gigantic Juneau ice field that stretches into British Columbia.

The latter are the region's great natural attractions, plagued by waves of outsiders throughout the summer.

Whenever the weather permits, helicopters after helicopters rise from the capital's airport to the icy domain of the Juneau Ice Field. where huge Dog Mushing camps await them.

On these expensive tours, cruise passengers combine divine scenic flights with quick baptisms on dog sleds.

Full Dog Mushing

The Breathtaking Visits of Orcas and Bossa Whales

Juneau attracts other visitors. As Alaska's warm months approach, huge colonies of humpback whales and other species arrive from tropical waters like those around the Hawaiian archipelago.

In about 30 days, they travel almost 5000 kms until they reach the frigid, krill-filled sea around Juneau.

With another marine menu in mind, hundreds of orcas follow.

Whales, Juneau the Little Capital of Greater Alaska

Baleia sinks before a boat full of enthusiasts.

As might be expected, its sighting has become one of the most popular activities in the region.

Contrary to what happens in other places as or more remote, it is simple and almost guaranteed.

We boarded at a busy marina in the immediate vicinity of Lake Auke.

Sea Lions, Juneau the Little Capital of Greater Alaska

Sea lions rest on a buoy lighthouse at the exit of the Gastineau Canal.

We set sail for the open waters of Auke Bay. We're on our toes from repeated night trips but we barely have time to grieve.

With just a few minutes of navigation, we find ourselves side by side with an opportunistic herd of orcas. Shortly thereafter, we detected the tails of another of these sinking mammals.

Soon, we are gifted with the main show. A group of humpback whales is positioned in an almost circle.

In a flash, they produce huge bubbles around them that disorient and force a large number of fish from the target school to emerge.

Whale Hunting with Bubbles, Juneau the Little Capital of Great Alaska

Humpback whales carry out attack a shoal in group

Once the fish are close to the surface, it is the whales themselves that emerge with their huge mouths gaping open, eager to swallow as many fish as possible, harassed by hungry and fearless seagulls.

Passengers, a little in disbelief, rejoice in the phenomenon, in most cases, only witnessed by them in television documentaries.

Or never seen.

The American-Alaskan Way of the Short Juneau Summer

With the customers satisfied and the scheduled time running out, the crew returns the boat to the dock. From there, they take you to an international get-together picnic lunch.

Fresh salmon and root beer blend well in the cool of the hillside forest where we found ourselves.

Soon, a chauvinist American couple sits at our table. “Portuguese?

We don't have many there in Texas. And they have already decided in which part of the United States are they going to stay alive?” the plump, ruddy husband asks us as if nothing else in the rest of the world could ever matter.

We abbreviated the meal. We return to Juneau's waterfront, which is always flooded with passersby. It is unusually hot for these latitudes and we only dress up after sunset.

On that day, at that hour, we surrender to curiosity.

Killed by an Alaskan Amber beer that we hadn't drunk since Skagway, we entered the Red Dog Saloon, a bar, now considered by many to be in bad taste, famous for having opened in the days of the Alaskan gold rush.

Red Dog Saloon, Juneau the Little Capital of Great Alaska

Customers mingle at the Red Dog Saloon, Juneau's historic and iconic bar-restaurant.

The establishment maintains the old formula of live music.

DJ entertainers update it who, still at the piano but equipped with much more technology and a huge tip bottle labeled Viagra, take spectators to ecstasy.

“Anyone here from New Orleans?” the bald white musician asks the crowd indulging in home-cooked meals. "I'm going to take off my cap." You can see why I won the Louis Armstrong lookalike contest.

He grabs a kind of language from his carnival mother-in-law, husks his voice as hard as he can and starts a sort of euphoric Blues recital.

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The Tropical Wild West of the USA

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Ketchikan, Alaska

Here begins Alaska

The reality goes unnoticed in most of the world, but there are two Alaskas. In urban terms, the state is inaugurated in the south of its hidden frying pan handle, a strip of land separated from the contiguous USA along the west coast of Canada. Ketchikan, is the southernmost of Alaskan cities, its Rain Capital and the Salmon Capital of the World.
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Journey to the End of the Alaskan Road

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Mount Denali, Alaska

The Sacred Ceiling of North America

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icy blue planet

They form at high latitudes and/or altitudes. In Alaska or New Zealand, Argentina or Chile, rivers of ice are always stunning visions of an Earth as frigid as it is inhospitable.
sitka, Alaska

Sitka: Journey through a once Russian Alaska

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Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna's Alaska-Style Life

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Prince William Sound, Alaska

Journey through a Glacial Alaska

Nestled against the Chugach Mountains, Prince William Sound is home to some of Alaska's stunning scenery. Neither powerful earthquakes nor a devastating oil spill affected its natural splendor.
PN Katmai, Alaska

In the Footsteps of the Grizzly Man

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Valdez, Alaska

On the Black Gold Route

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Skagway, Alaska

A Klondike's Gold Fever Variant

The last great American gold rush is long over. These days, hundreds of cruise ships each summer pour thousands of well-heeled visitors into the shop-lined streets of Skagway.
Rhinoceros, PN Kaziranga, Assam, India
PN Kaziranga, India

The Indian Monoceros Stronghold

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Hikers on the Ice Lake Trail, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 7th - Braga - Ice Lake, Nepal

Annapurna Circuit – The Painful Acclimatization of the Ice Lake

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Music Theater and Exhibition Hall, Tbilisi, Georgia
Architecture & Design
Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgia still Perfumed by the Rose Revolution

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The small lighthouse at Kallur, highlighted in the capricious northern relief of the island of Kalsoy.
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A Lighthouse at the End of the Faroese World

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Camel Racing, Desert Festival, Sam Sam Dunes, Rajasthan, India
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There's a Feast in the Thar Desert

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Hiroshima, city surrendered to peace, Japan
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An Uzbekistan's Breadwinner

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Kigurumi Satoko, Hachiman Temple, Ogimashi, Japan
Ogimashi, Japan

An Historical-Virtual Japan

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Swimming, Western Australia, Aussie Style, Sun rising in the eyes
Busselton, Australia

2000 meters in Aussie Style

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New South Wales Australia, Beach walk
Batemans Bay to Jervis Bay, Australia

New South Wales, from Bay to Bay

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Bride gets in car, traditional wedding, Meiji temple, Tokyo, Japan
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A Matchmaking Sanctuary

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Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, Travel Korea, Color Maneuvers
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Windward Side, Saba, Dutch Caribbean, Netherlands
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The Mysterious Dutch Queen of Saba

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ala juumajarvi lake, oulanka national park, finland
Winter White
Kuusamo ao PN Oulanka, Finland

Under the Arctic's Icy Spell

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José Saramago in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, Glorieta de Saramago
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain (España)

José Saramago's Basalt Raft

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Cahuita, Costa Rica, Caribbean, beach
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An Adult Return to Cahuita

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Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
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Aurora lights up the Pisang Valley, Nepal.
Natural Parks
Annapurna Circuit: 3rd- Upper Banana, Nepal

An Unexpected Snowy Aurora

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Serengeti, Great Savannah Migration, Tanzania, wildebeest on river
UNESCO World Heritage
Serengeti NP, Tanzania

The Great Migration of the Endless Savanna

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View from the top of Mount Vaea and the tomb, Vailima village, Robert Louis Stevenson, Upolu, Samoa
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Stevenson's Treasure Island

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Cargo Cabo Santa Maria, Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde, Sal, Evoking the Sahara
Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde

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Composition on Nine Arches Bridge, Ella, Sri Lanka
Yala NPElla-Kandy, Sri Lanka

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The Toy Train story
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Siliguri a Darjeeling, India

The Himalayan Toy Train Still Running

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Police intervention, ultra-Orthodox Jews, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Jaffa, Israel

Unorthodox protests

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Casario, uptown, Fianarantsoa, ​​Madagascar
Daily life
Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

The Malagasy City of Good Education

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Ross Bridge, Tasmania, Australia
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Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii Wrinkles
Scenic Flights
napali coast, Hawaii

Hawaii's Dazzling Wrinkles

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