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Back to Bullard After 38 Years

Back in the early 1970’s, a girlfriend and I decided to try and climb Mt. Bullard, which is the first big mountain to the right side of the glacier as you are looking from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. We went up the West Glacier trail, crossed the Mendenhall Glacier and camped on the low shoulder of the mountain. The weather was hot and sunny, and this being the early 70’s, we did not know much about proper hydration and sun protection.

Let's face it. Facebook's here to stay.

Let’s face it. Facebook’s here to stay.

It’s hard to get my mind around the impact Facebook has had in the world, and on the way we keep in touch with people. The revolutionaries in Egypt used it to overthrow their government. The Syrian Free Press Facebook page provides “uprising updates”. Famous people have Facebook pages created for them as “Public Figures” whether they want it or not.  Reporters grab quotes from politicians’ Facebook pages. Facebook is, well, in your face.

The Impact of Title IX on Women Athletes in the OIympics and Our Town

This has been a great year for women in the Olympics. In sport after sport, we've seen women break records and inspire millions of spectators around the world. There are women competitors from small countries that I need to Google, and women from the biggies like the United States, China and Russia.

A trip back to 1929

On Friday, I found myself surrounded by volumes of bound Daily Alaska Empire newspapers from 1929. The old editions of the Empire were tattered, at best. Some were held together by fragile strands of aging duct tape, others were only a shadow of their former selves as newsprint fell from the spine and pages snapped like twigs when I tried to turn them.

It’s hard to say how long it had been since someone had flipped through the volume before me — years certainly, possibly decades, maybe even half a century.

Our boys on ESPN!

ESPN, Baby
Okay, I swore I would never use a Dick Vitale "baby" but our boys are going to be on television.
And not NBC tape delay... like that other sporting event going on... what is that called again?
The Gastineau Channel Little League Major All Stars lost to Oregon 4-0 Monday night but they still have a top record for reaching prime time viewing pleasure.
I tried to call manager Storie but he turns his cell phone off due to the amount of calls.

Launching into the Blogosphere

The conversation about Alaska begins with "And where do you live?" When I respond, "Juneau, Alaska", people always react with surprise and almost always say, "Wow. Really? What's it like?" Or, "Wow. Really?" My observation is that nobody does that with other states unless they were born there or lived there, as in, "Oh, cool. I used to live in Omaha." Alaska elicits a strong reaction from just about everybody. And then, almost invariably, people ask, "So, where is Juneau exactly?"

First Friday and First Saturday

If you’ve never been to a First Friday art walk – maybe you live out the road or simply can’t wait to get home after work on a Friday evening – this would be a great month to check it out. First Fridays used to feel a bit scaled back in the summers, but if this month’s docket is any indication, that’s no longer the case. As Juneau enters its 10th year of art walks, they appear to be stronger than ever.

Ears ringing, pleasantly

If you went to bed Monday night without your ears ringing, you missed out.

It is often in Juneau that I hear people lament that "there are never any good concerts here," and after seeing Coolio perform live at Marlintini's Lounge, I was inclined to agree.

But The Alaskan Bar hosted a free show Monday night, a band called Larry and His Flask. And it was the show to see for the year.

Hiking mountains in the fog - what's the point?

After a little over three hours of steady hiking we were just below the summit of Mt. McGinnis, but the only way we knew that was from the elevation reading on my GPS watch. The fog was so thick that all we could do was focus on the steep dirt trail that winds up the final ridge. We kept hoping the fog and clouds would lift when we started out that morning, and for the most part they did, but only to about 2,000’. So, alas, there were to be no views from the summit for us today. Should we keep going anyway?

What a great town!

What a great town!
So today my Petersburg Swedish got the best of me.
I couldn't stop my cravings of being around fish so I stopped to visit Mike Erickson (and Bonnie and family) out at Alaska Glacier Seafoods and was lucky enough to get a tour.
You have to love when a local guy does good, has a passion for what he does, and gives back to the community. And does it among fish!
Plus I learned, and was reacquainted, with a few fishing scenes I had experienced growing up in Petersburg... the slime lines, the fish pumping, the crab unloading, etc., etc., etc.

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