Juneau Travel Blog› entry 7 of 55 › view all entries
June 24th, 2008 – by: silan
The Juneau visitor centre has free wireless, so we ended up sitting a little creepily in the parking lot as we checked our email. We started our day full force and headed out to Perseverence Trail, an easy and scenic trail just outside of town.
When drove back into Juneau and parked so we could enjoy the town a litle bit more. We made a stop for gelato at Juneau Gelato and cruised the bookstore, where we picked up the Mile Post (a god send!) to help us navigate ourway through the bits of Alaska we would be driving through as well as the Yukon and northern BC. We make our way down to the water, where the cruise ship terminal is, and find ourselves in front of the dock-side visitor centre (different from the one we were at before). Though we were on a budget, we were more and more intrigued by the Tracy Arms day tour that had been recommended by the man at the bookstore.
Before making our way to a campground, we headed to the Alaskan Brewing Company for a tour and tasting. It was pretty well done, and they're quite liberal with their beer tastings, as you can keep going back for more and try different brews. Their wall is lined with beer bottles from around the room, so pick a country, or your own, and see what kind of beers they have.
Since there was a Costco nearby, we stopped by for a cheap $1.50 dinner of hot dogs and pop. A gem for any budget traveller!
We had chosen the Mendenhall Lake Campground and were completely blown away by it's beauty.
Make sure you check whether sights are already paid for by checking each stub attached to the sign post in front of the campground. The stub on the one we had chosen was folded up and we didn't see! Two of us started setting up camp while the other went and paid, and when we went to put the stub on the signpost (by this time our tent was up and sleeping bags were in!), we saw that it was already booked for the night!
We ended up having to switch campsites, and out of sheer laziness and not wanting to take down our tent and set it up a couple sites down, we literally lifted our tent and carried it down the road! It made for quite the picture!
The day was ending, and we relished in how perfectly it all seemed to work out.
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