The largest capital city in the USA (in disguise)

Juneau Travel Blog

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Mendenhall Glacier; you don't realise the size until you compare it to the waterfall next to it ... and with people below it (next photo).


We pulled in bright and early into Juneau but as it was a long stop (until the evening) we didn’t wake up early for the arrival.  Juneau (despite its population of over 30,000) is the largest state capital in the USA by area ... it’s not hard bearing in mind that the capitals of California and New York are lesser known cities like Sacramento and Albany respectively, right?

Juneau is also very isolated in that it is not linked by road to any other place ... roads out of town come to a dead end.  Locals like it that way as it keeps crime rate low ... you simply can’t run out of town once you’ve robbed the bank, I suppose.

While here, we took the bus to Mendenhall Glacier which was impressive ... even for us who visited the Fox and Franz Josef in New Zealand recently.  It’s face is 1.5 miles wide and seems very tall as well.

Sign language for musicals

There is a hearing-impaired group on the ship.  During showtimes, they sit in front and have a sign-language interpreter to translate the lyrics of songs and musicals.  I can understand songs being translated.  However it seems a bit odd to translate the lyrics for musicals ...  how could they enjoy the visuals while looking at the sign language? 

Also, for songs in non-English language (eg. Spanish or Italian), they’re definitely at an advantage as we don’t have these translated into English for us!

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Mendenhall Glacier; you dont real…
Mendenhall Glacier; you don't rea…
Big waterfall by Mendenhall Glacie…
Big waterfall by Mendenhall Glaci…
At Mendenhall Glacier.
At Mendenhall Glacier.
At Mendenhall Glacier.
At Mendenhall Glacier.
Paddling in the water down from Me…
Paddling in the water down from M…
Ice from the glacier.
Ice from the glacier.
Ice from the glacier.
Ice from the glacier.
Our ship with others at Juneau.
Our ship with others at Juneau.
Floatplane by cruise ship at Junea…
Floatplane by cruise ship at June…
The largest building in town is eq…
The largest building in town is e…
Downtown Juneau.
Downtown Juneau.
Juneau
photo by: amudha_colaco