Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Road to Nowhere

 You can do alot of things in Juneau, Alaska that you can do in the lower 48. You can shop at a discount store, live in a residential neighborhood or go out to eat. But one thing you can't do in Alaska's capital city is get there by car. Juneau is only reachable by plane or boat. There is, however, a road that goes in and out of Juneau - The Glacier Highway. Or The Road to Nowhere, which is  Alaska's State Route 7 that  heads out of Juneau ending near Bridget Point State Park .

But a beautiful Road to Nowhere it is. We rented a car for the day - a beautiful Alaska summer day - and headed out of Juneau, past the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal. We decided to drive the road, seeing the sights, and possibly end with a hike.

The first thing we came upon was construction. Yep, the two  lane Road to Nowhere, in the middle of nowhere, had construction going on. The two lane road was down to one- with a long enough wait to shut the car off. But the best construction wait ever - you couldn't beat the scenery while you waited. And take a few photo.

When we arrived at the end of the road, we found people camping at Point Bridget State Park and a hiking trail. The trail had a large sign at the beginning warning of bears - and since I hadn't prepared much for the hike- decided to skip this one. And it was time to head back.

We stopped at the  Shrine of St. Therese, part of the Catholic Diocese of Juneau, overlooking  the Lynn Canal. It was built in the 1930's,and was  intended to be a log chapel, but was built of beach stone from the area. It is open daily to people of all faiths. We took a walk around the grounds and inside the chapel. What  a beautiful and very peaceful place.

This eagle was hanging out on the water - probably because these fish were there also.

We stopped for a bite to eat at the very popular Hot Bite, voted one of the best seafood dives by Coastal Living magazine. Be prepared for long lines and delicious milkshakes. (Try the nutella flavor!) It sits in pretty Auke Bay, overlooking all the fishing boats, and has outdoor seating.

What a fun day!

Click HERE to go see Keryn's beautiful photos of the Petrified Forest at walkingontravels!

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