Here's a collection of little "fun-facts " about the City of Juneau, Alaska,  one of the stops on an Alaskan adventure I'm taking this summer.  I will be leading a group of Lite Rock Listeners on a 13 day vacation leaving July 13th, sponsored by YMT Vacations and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

After flying to Seattle,  we'll board the Norwegian Jewel... for a seven-day cruise of the historic inside passage; visiting Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.

We’ll see the amazing Sawyer Glacier and Prince Rupert, British Columbia. We’ll try panning for gold and eat salmon in Ketchikan, “The Salmon Capital of the World”!

After our cruise you’ll board your own  Amtrak Roomette Sleeper Car Train to wine country!  You’ll experience the Napa valley, visit two premiere wineries and taste world class wines.  Then, it’s on to the the City by the Bay- San Francisco- to see all the sites…Fisherman’s Wharf, The Golden Gate Bridge and more.

So, here are some interesting things I've learned about Juneau:

-Its the  capital of Alaska, and larger in size than the State of Delaware

-The longest day in Juneau is June 21st,: the sun rises at 3:51 a.m. and sets at 10:07p.m..  The shortest day is December 21st: the sun rises at 8:44 a.m. and sets at 3:07 p.m.

-Juneau has 280 species of birds, all five species of salmon, brown and black bears and three species of whales

- Juneau is the gateway to the glaciers.  Just down the road is the incredible Mendenhall Glacier, a massive river of ice 1.5 miles wide by 12 miles long.

-Mendenhall is a small fragment of the Juneau ice-field, which covers 1500 miles to the Canadian border.

-In 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris were prospecting for gold with the help of Indian guides. In what is now Juneau they discovered nuggets “as large as beans” at the mouth of the aptly named Gold Creek. Out of their discoveries came three of the largest gold digs in the world where more than $150 million in gold was mined.

How about that!  Joe Juneau, panning for gold, and ice -fields.  It all sounds really spectacular!  I would love to have you come with me to discover Alaska!

Here are the details on this great trip.   It's  13 days in all, from just $2699 plus tax, including airfare, hotel, cruise, train,  and  on-board meals.  Contact YMT Vacations at 1-800-922-9000, and tell them you want to discover Alaska this summer with Eddie Davis!

 

Here is a vacationer's video of Juneau and the Mendenhall Glacier from a few years ago.  What I like is it was taken at roughly the same time of year we will be there, so you really get a sense of what we'll see...