Wedding and Honeymoon Journal: Entry #14

June 4, 2009 at 9:40 PM (Disc Golf, 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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Friday, May 29, 2009 – 6:20 AM AKDT

We’re sitting in the airport in Juneau right now.  I was giving this time period serious naptime consideration, but there are things that need to be talked about!

We chilled yesterday, and it was awesome.  We shipped Stephanie’s dress and other wedding related items back to our home via USPS.  We got some tasty pizza at a parlor named Bullwinkle’s.  Kudos to Bullwinkle’s for not only having a decent selection of arcade games, but for having two (that’s right, TWO!) fully functional pinball games.  The arcade game as a genre is dying, and it seems as though pinball games have taken a beating more than other games over the years.

We followed lunch with another enjoyable and scenic drive to the end of Glacier Highway.  Here’s a fun fact: there are more miles of mine tunnel in Mt. Roberts (over 300) than there are miles of paved road in Juneau.

(Look here to see photos.)

Juneau is a lot like the ESVA in some ways, primarily because there is just the one primary road.  Actually, that’s the only similarity.  The folks on the ESVA would have a freaking conniption if ten thousand tourists from cruise ships were dumped in downtown Onancock or Cape Charles.  Little veins would pop out of their necks and their heads would explode.

Now comes the fun part.  I played disc golf at Aant’iyeik Park just “out the road” in Juneau.  It kicked my tubby ass.  I used the PDGA website to make contact with J.D., aka Monkey, and we met up around 4:30 PM at the park to play a bit before the Tombstone tourney at 6 PM.  I shot about even through nine holes, before we headed back to the meeting area to get the tournament started.  I ended up finishing fifth out of 21, which I felt was decent since I’ve only played twice in the past year and a half.

What needs to be talked about is the course itself.  Some would call it a good hike.  I felt as if I’d ascended small mountains.  You know, small ones.  Like the Himalayas.  Is K5 in Alaska?  The guys have done a great job making the wilderness a playable disc golf course, but footing, even on tee pads, was treacherous at best.

I think I talked about cow’s parsnip and devil’s club previously in this journal.  I got really familiar with those particular species of local flora.  Playing 27 holes at this park was more tiring than all of the activities that we did this week put together and squared.  I’m still pretty sore.  Never has using my feet to work the pedals of a vehicle seemed such a dicey proposition.  I feel like I was lucky to make it back to the inn alive.

Looking back on the week, it’s been pretty awesome.  I mean, I got married.  That’s definitely cool.  I got to fly in a helicopter and a float plane.  Almost as cool.  I got to play disc golf in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.  Definitely more coolness.  It’s been a week I’ll never forget.

Now I just need to stop hitting my wedding ring on everything. 🙂

– Ben

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