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Happy Birthday to Me

Monday, July 23, 2007

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Today is my birthday. I'm not thrilled about this one; I don't feel old enough to be 54....getting much too close to 55. When I'm 55, I'll be closer to 60 than 50. 60!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, I intend to enjoy today despite the rain and the fact that I'm only one year away from 55.

Yes, it is raining again. It rains the entire day. Never stops even for a few minutes. Oh well. I'm in Juneau -- it rains 222 days/year here.

My first treat of the day is to take a nice long hot shower in the trailer--I've been allocated the entire tank of hot water for my shower and I can get out and take my time getting dressed with carpet under my feet instead of a cramped linoleum covered campground shower. This is a big deal for me and I enjoy it!

I'm sick of cooking and washing dishes so I've asked to eat out for my birthday. Lunch is at the Thone Ore House, south of Juneau. The campground manager recommended it and I really enjoy it. It's not touristy and has a lot of local flavor.
The food and service are great; prices are good (for Alaska). But the best part of the restaurant is the decor, including a bulletin board with lots of photos and memorabilia. They have photos of a bear that actually climbed across a heavy cord to their bird feeder to get food. And a photo of a black bear on the roof of the restaurant. Too funny!

After lunch it's still raining, so we head to the Macauley hatchery, north of Juneau, to look at their inside exhibits. They also give us a tour of the outside fish ladder and fish tanks. We stand under an awning for the tour/talk -- it rains alot here, so the awning is a good idea.

The fish tanks are really full of fish.
They harvest chum salmon here for their eggs. The eggs are then incubated and the baby salmon are released in the fall. They swim to the Pacific, as far as Hawaii and Japan, and then return here in 2-3 years to spawn. This process helps replenish the ocean salmon that the fishermen catch. Salmon farms are illegal in Alaska, so all salmon is ocean grown. Interesting place.

The rain continues to pour down, so we run a few errands and then go to a movie theatre to see Ratatouille. We eat way too much popcorn and end up skipping our planned pizza dinner at Bullwinkles. The rest of the evening is spent relaxing in the trailer.

Posted by jengelman 13:10 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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happy birthday, mom!

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