I hiked Thunder Mountain last year, and I had been dying to get back up there this summer. I hiked it with a friend yesterday, and it was glorious! It's roughly 7-8 miles round trip with 2,700 feet of elevation change so it can take a while. It's my favorite hike in Juneau (so far) because of the incredible range of view it allows. Also, lots of wildlife! We saw porcupine, marmot and several mountain goats, and a few up close like these two:
Here are a few more pictures. The glacier is Mendenhall Glacier (the biggest one in Juneau).
My friend, Ben (this is looking south towards downtown Juneau)
Wow, so I've heard a few reports of people asking why I haven't posted in a long time. My apologies, loyal readers!! The short answer is this: I'm busier than I've been in my whole life! No joke. I would have never guessed that Juneau would offer more to me in terms of activity than Boston would, but it's true. So much has happened since my last post, I can't possibly catch up properly so I'll try to hit some highlights, okay?
It's summertime, and the living ain't slow! Summer solstice was on Saturday, and the sun rises at 3:50am and sets at 10:15pm. I was wide awake at sunrise that day. I usually wake up at such an hour this time of year. I don't subscribe to blackout curtains.
Sunrise Summer Solstice 2014
That's the view from my new condo. That I own! Well, I guess the bank kinda owns it, and I received a generous gifts from my parents, but still... it's technically mine! Also technically speaking, I live on a small island in the Pacific. It's true. I have a great view of Mount Roberts and the passing cruise ships. I haven't seen whales from my deck, but I'm sure I will sometime soon.
So there's the new condo, and also SCHOOL. I'm in the Masters of Public Administration program at University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau), and I'm having a great time in classes although I have a big academic commitment this summer. Despite not having a world class level program, I'm getting a ton out of my experience so far with this MPA classes. I'm currently enrolled in stats and econ classes and also a wonderful class on Political Leadership and Civility. Thanks to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation for bankrolling this for me!
Of course, I'm now a puppy mama and this is at least 75% of the reason I'm not posting so frequently anymore. Butters is doing great. She has her flaws, but we're having a wonderful time.
That's all I can update for now. There's more to come. There's much more to tell!