Wedding and Honeymoon Journal: Entry #10

May 31, 2009 at 2:03 PM (Travel, Wedding)

We got married on May 24, 2009 in Juneau, Alaska on the Gilkey Glacier.  We enjoyed a spectacular honeymoon in Juneau, Alaska as well.  We kept a handwritten journal throughout our trip.  A master list of all journal entries can be found here.

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Monday, May, 25, 2009 – 9:50 PM AKDT

Boy, today was a long one!  We got a later start than we wanted and almost missed our pickup for the dogsled camp.  It was fantastic!

We got to learn a lot about the history of dog sledding.  There were about one hundred dogs at this camp, but a large majority of them ignored us when we got there.  We got to spend a fair amount of time meeting (and by meeting, I mean petting, getting licked by, and talking in baby voices to) the dogs that make up our team that would pull our cart.

These dogs LOVE to run.  Once the dogs started getting in their harness and were being hooked up to our cart, every dog in the place went absolutely bonkers.  ALL of the dogs were barking.  The dogs that were harnessed to the cart were going nuts too.  They were jumping and trying to pull the cart.  Once they were given the go ahead to take off though, everything got silent.

It is definitely odd to be in a cart pulled by dogs.  For one, they are dogs.  Horses, ponies, donkeys…we’re used to being pulled by them.  But being pulled by dogs is a different story.  Secondly there are no reigns or anything.  Molly, whose team was pulling us, basically was riding the brake to keep the dogs at a reasonable pace.  She used voice commands to get the lead dogs to change directions.  Otherwise, the dogs simply ran as they pleased.  Maybe I am a control freak, but it is a bit disconcerting to be pulled along based on where a dog wants to go.

After the cart ride, we got to hold puppies.  Stephanie was particularly excited about this, since I think she asked when we’d get to hold the puppies about a hundred times.  Well, maybe it was only two or three times, but either way, puppies were the big draw for her.  And, yes, the puppies were a lot of fun.

After we left the dogsled camp, we had a slight fiasco with the rental car.  Since we were running late and had a ton of trouble finding a place to park, in our haste we did not take note of exactly where we had parked the car.  After making circles around a few blocks, eventually I left Stephanie at a small “mall” and went after the car on my own.  I found it and went to the mall to pick up my beautiful wife.  I got a heck of a workout, though.  I didn’t know it was possible to have every street be uphill, but I think Juneau found a way to do it.

Car located, we went to the first of two salmon bakes we have scheduled for this week.  It was an outdoor affair with a beautiful waterfall and a wonderful forest setting.  Since I’m not the biggest salmon fan, I was happy to see that they had chicken as well.  I even had a small piece of salmon, since it was a salmon bake after all.  Everything was pretty tasty.  Definitely a nice low key meal.

Once we finished eating dinner, we realized that we still had a fair amount of time left in the evening.  It seemed like a great opportunity to make a trip on the Mt. Roberts tram, so that is exactly what we did.

The view from the gondola on the way up and down the mountain was awesome.  Also, at the top of the mountain was a captive bald eagle.  Apparently this bald eagle had been shot in the beak and a wing.  As a result, she was unable to fly and also lost her left eye.  So now she lives at the top of the mountain and gets to live on salmon.  That isn’t so bad.  All of that aside, though, she was still majestic and beautiful.  Once again, awesome pictures!

I hope I don’t get too senile when I get old.  Four or five cruise ships in port, so about ten thousand folks, were dumped into downtown Juneau.  Of these ten thousand people, at least ninety percent of them are geriatric and would fail the Ben-Fishel-Brown-Official-Old-People-Shouldn’t-Be-Allowed-To-Drive-Test.  This is what I’m afraid of becoming.  I won’t even go into what it is like driving in a downtown area full of these people.  Just walking is infuriating.  These old people walk four-wide on the sidewalk.  The sidewalk can only support four people in any direction in total.  And boy do they walk slowly!  Well, it isn’t so much walking as it is shuffling.  Slightly faster than crawling.  Still, I cannot full articulate the rage that these deaf, slow, annoying people incite in me.  It’s been an awesome trip so far, but I can’t find words to express the joy I felt when I saw a cruise ship leaving the port this afternoon.

So if you all ever see me turning into this type of annoying old person, please just put me out of my misery.  Chances are good that I’ll have a fanny pack if my dementia has taken this sort of hold on me, so check it for loose change and then burn it.

Tomorrow we have our photo safari and then an Alaskan cooking school class.  It’s going to be awesome!

– Ben

Downtown Juneau.

Downtown Juneau.

Downtown Juneau.

Downtown Juneau.

We toured an old gold mine on our way up the mountain towards the dog sledding camp.

We toured an old gold mine on our way up the mountain towards the dog sledding camp.

Scenic view on our way up the mountain.

Scenic view on our way up the mountain.

Summer dog sledding camp.

Summer dog sledding camp.

Adorable photo in the museum area of the dog sledding camp.

Adorable photo in the museum area of the dog sledding camp.

Getting ready for the ride.

Getting ready for the ride.

Excited about the upcoming ride.

Excited about the upcoming ride.

Running like crazy.

Running like crazy.

We could see a bear out in the distance from the dog sledding camp!

We could see a bear out in the distance from the dog sledding camp!

Beautiful scenery.

Beautiful scenery.

Learning about the Iditarod.

Learning about the Iditarod.

Holding an adorable puppy.

Holding an adorable puppy.

Ben holding the runt of the litter.

Ben holding the runt of the litter.

Salmon Creek salmon bake.

Salmon Creek salmon bake.

Lots of tables at the salmon bake.  Very casual, country-like setting.

Lots of tables at the salmon bake. Very casual, country-like setting.

Beautiful waterfalls on the salmon bake property.

Beautiful waterfalls on the salmon bake property.

Salmon grilling.

Salmon grilling.

Cruise ships in Juneau.  View from the Mt. Roberts tram.

Cruise ships in Juneau. View from the Mt. Roberts tram.

Another gorgeous view from the Mt. Robert's tram.

Another gorgeous view from the Mt. Robert's tram.

Yet another gorgeous view from the Mt. Robert's tram.

Yet another gorgeous view from the Mt. Robert's tram.

Captive bald eagle on top of Mt. Roberts.

Captive bald eagle on top of Mt. Roberts.

Interesting sign on top of Mt. Roberts.

Interesting sign on top of Mt. Roberts.

Another gorgeous view from the Mt. Robert's tram.

Another gorgeous view from the Mt. Robert's tram.

Ben writing this journal entry.

Ben writing this journal entry.

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