We’ve had two sets of visitors for a day, each, while their respective cruise ships docked briefly in Juneau. Thoroughly enjoyed showing Juneau to them on a driving tour (it rained). Warms our hearts to talk about our final home – it’s a year to the day since we arrived off the ferry. They ask why on earth would we live here – and we say “the terrific sense of community, the phenomenal and vibrant cultural life, the awe-inspiring scenery, the number of great hiking trails, the ease of walking everywhere, the great library, and the lack of traffic and malls.”
Here are a couple of examples of why Alaskans are different:
Three months ago a deliberately started fire in an apartment on Basin Road jumped to the neighboring pink house, a local landmark, and completely gutted it. The response of the Juneau community to help the pink house family is remarkable. Read about it on the Pink House blog, and please send them some cash – every little bit helps. One of our grandkid’s friends, 9-yr old Ezra a neighbor of the pink house, raised $2,500 through his lemonade stand. Yesterday, the house was torn down, and with assistance and donations the family hopes to be able to rebuild.
A pair of Alaskans from Seldovia are creating a new website, Alaska’s Wild Resource Web. You can read more about them on their blog, and
pre-order their book Journey on the Wild Coast: Four thousand miles along the edge of the Pacific, by foot, packraft, and skis. They’re devoted to communicating about the environmental issues facing this region.
If you haven’t made plans to visit, get going…..