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The Last Frontier

Greetings from Juneau, Alaska.

Monday – Resign from job, by giving two weeks notice. Tuesday – Walk out of job after being told I can leave immediately. Wednesday – Have a hard day sunning myself for too many hours at the beach. Thursday – Travel for 19 hours via Philadelphia and Seattle to get to the capital of the 49th state of America. It’s been a busy week.

The view out of my cheap motel window this morning almost looks like this:

I say almost, because what I can actually see is a parking lot and the grocery store across the street … but if I walk 30 seconds down the road, then THAT IS what I can see. It’s called the Mendenhall Glacier, and is rather awesome. I think I’m going to like it here.

10 facts about Juneau/Alaska:

• There are 260 miles of hiking trails, but only 40 miles of road in Juneau
• Alaska as a whole has one mile of road for every 42 square miles of land, compared to 1:1 for the rest of the USA
• Juneau is actually based in the Tongass National Forest, classified as a temperate rainforest, the largest in North America
• There are Sitka spruce trees everywhere
• The Tlingit people are the native inhabitants of the land
• Juneau exploded in growth in the 1870’s when gold was discovered here, and a rush started
• Juneau only became the capital of the state in 1959
• There are according to the latest figures just 31,452 residents here
• The government employs over half of those
• I’m here for a weeks vacation. To take in the views, take hundreds of photos, mountain bike around a lot, and go geocache crazy!

9 responses to “The Last Frontier”

  1. For a cheap motel, it has an utterly priceless view.
    Am jealous, obviously.

    (blimey, there’s nothing like a blogpost that kicks off with a bombshell and then ignores it)

  2. Anthony says:

    Wow!!!!!!!!

    What a week, Geoff. Astonishing. Are there many geocaches in remotest Alaska?

    Chelle and I have just finished watching Long Way Round with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, which we thoroughly enjoyed and can’t wait to start watching their followup adventure, Long Way Down. There was a great bit in Long Way Round where they have a ride in a bloke’s aeroplane over a glacier in Alaska, go kayaking at the mouth of the glacier (you have to do this!) and see a load of orcas there too. Awesome stuff.

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  4. geofftech says:

    What bombshell? Oh! The job thing… yeah, long overdue. long story. maybe a blog post at somepoint (just as soon as I’ve cleared it with my lawyers…)

    There are 68 caches in the Juneau area Anthony … and i’m out to do as many as i can! Go have look…

    http://www.geocaching.com/map/default.aspx?lat=58.36374&lng=-134.57205

    They’re currently repeating ‘Long Way Round‘ on BBC2 on Sunday nights, which I’ve been following, and they’ve just got out of Mongolia back into Russie. Road of Bones is this Sunday. I’ve seen it before, but i love watching it again yup.

    Anyway, i’m off out to go and photo a glacier close up! or something. or maybe a whale whilst out fishing… heh heh.

  5. Geoff's Mum says:

    Hope you are wearing your vest and woolly hat Geoff, it’s a bit cooler up there then you are used to in Charleston (currently 92 deg F). Seriously, get some photos for me, I just love Glaciers. Enjoy!

  6. geofftech says:

    bizarrely it doesn’t feel THAT cold. the rain is cold though – it’s better when it’s not raining. fear not though mum, i did bring my wooly hat…

  7. geofftech says:

    Oh, and somebody asked me why this post was called ‘The Last Frontier’. Here’s why:

    ’tis the license plate from all the cars around here!

  8. Charlotte says:

    holy shit, geoff. I had no idea, obviously. Alaska, huh? Is Japan next?

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