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    Going to Alaska

    I'm heading to Juneau in mid August. I'll be there a week. What should I see, do, hear, drink?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    I'm heading to Juneau in mid August. I'll be there a week. What should I see, do, hear, drink?
    Watch out for bears. That's all I know about alaska, and is probably silly since your going to a fairly populated area.
    Oh yeah, have fun.

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    Sounds like a cool trip. I don't know where Juneau is, but my suggestion is to go find the bus and spend a night thereómeditate, think about what it all means. It may not be accessible in summer though. That dang river.





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    PLease take a photo of the "Glory Hole" soup kitchen. Im kicking myself for not doing it when I was in town a couple weeks ago.
    Its in the middle of downtown on Franklin.

    Also- check out sled dog "musher camp" It was my favorite of all the activities when I was on a cruise.
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    I heard that sled dog thing was quite expensive. . .

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    As I recall there are typically two types of bears in Alaska... black bears and grizzlies.

    Because of the bears, you should always wear little bells on your shoes, and whenever you walk around you should remain aware of your surroundings and look for bear droppings.

    If you see black bear droppings, you should be somewhat cautious, but you are probably ok as long as you don't startle them.

    If you see grizzly droppings, you need to high tail it out of there.

    The way to tell the difference between black bear and grizzly droppings is that grizzly droppings have little bells in them.
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    Eat at McDonalds, have a Coors Light and stay at Holiday Inn Express. Try to work in a visit to Wal-Mart and see a bunch of movies at the local cineplex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Eat at McDonalds, have a Coors Light and stay at Holiday Inn Express. Try to work in a visit to Wal-Mart and see a bunch of movies at the local cineplex.
    May you can have Salmon McNuggets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobartlemagne View Post
    May you can have Salmon McNuggets
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    I saw a Mcdonalds and a walmart there. Our tour driver said all of the dollar menu stuff is $2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobartlemagne View Post
    I saw a Mcdonalds and a walmart there. Our tour driver said all of the dollar menu stuff is $2.
    Gosh that reminds me. Many many years ago on the way to the Grand Canyon (south rim), we came upon a McDonalds sort of in the middle of nowhere. Everything on the menu was twice as expensive as you would expect. They explained that expenses were high because the water had to be trucked in, and if I remember correctly, the employees lived in little cabins out back. Like I said, it was isolated! Or maybe it was just a hallucination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    As I recall there are typically two types of bears in Alaska... black bears and grizzlies.

    Because of the bears, you should always wear little bells on your shoes, and whenever you walk around you should remain aware of your surroundings and look for bear droppings.

    If you see black bear droppings, you should be somewhat cautious, but you are probably ok as long as you don't startle them.

    If you see grizzly droppings, you need to high tail it out of there.

    The way to tell the difference between black bear and grizzly droppings is that grizzly droppings have little bells in them.

    Man you totally messed that up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrt10x View Post
    Man you totally messed that up.
    I tried to abbreviate it a bit... figures I would blow it.
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    Ooooooo just googled juneau ---- well known for it's jade. I luvs jade <bats eyelashes> Hmmmm birthday is about 20 days away ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    I tried to abbreviate it a bit... figures I would blow it.
    you blew a grizzly bear?
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    you blew a grizzly bear?
    bet that was a hairy situation.

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    A person has to be so careful when posting in foo...

    I have blown a joke, especially a punchline... or maybe the candles on a birthday cake, but nothing approaching that implication. Not man, nor beast... that is not my style.
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    In light of the rising of human/grizzly bear conflicts, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert of bears while in the field.
    "We advise outdoorsmen to wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them. We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear.
    It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear scat:

    Black bear scat is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear scat has little bells in it and smells like pepper."
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    Meet up with Jill Homer, snow biker extraordinaire, and have her take you on some of the local trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    A person has to be so careful when posting in foo...

    I have blown a joke, especially a punchline... or maybe the candles on a birthday cake, but nothing approaching that implication. Not man, nor beast... that is not my style.
    Tell them it is ice cream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    take the train.... I am sure you can hook up on the Princess I believe it is called.
    I have spent some tyme in Anchorage and farther North in Fairbanks area.
    The tour trains are a GREAT way to see this state. Especially Denali

    Chillcoot Charlies ~ a bar in Anchorage. Actually, several bars 'stuck' together and each have their own venue, Rock/country/Sports ... luv their motto "We rip off the other guy and pass the savings on to you.."

    Not much I can say about farther north, I did go to Santas workshop ( it really is in the town, North Pole)
    but he had gone south . Only some really friendly elves left.

    HUGE country...
    Like they say, you could cut the state in half and TEXAS would still only be the third largest state.

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