We awoke and went, almost next door to the hotel, to the Alaskan & Proud (A&P) Market. We purchased our breakfast and lunch provisions. After getting ready for a hike we headed north in the rental. We stopped at the ferry terminal to pick up our ferry tickets and then continued north on hiway 7. At about 24 miles we stopped at the St Therese Shrine. It’s a beautiful Catholic chapel built in 1938 of river stones. It juts out into the channel a little and offers a good view point. Here we saw a family of 10 Harlequin Ducks. Continuing north a few more miles we came to Eagle Beach State Park. This is a beautiful setting that looks west to the Chilkat Range (west of the range is Glacier Bay) and is backed up to the east by Eagle Glacier and Herbert Glacier. We hiked along the river to the beach on the channel and had our lunch, all the while watching some gulls and common murres sitting on a sand bar. We headed back to the parking lot to continue north to the end of hiway 7. At the end of the road is Echo Bay Boat launch, about 40 miles from Juneau.
Coming back to the Juneau, we stopped at the Rie Munoz Art Gallery. She is a famous water-colorist of Alaskan life. This is right by the airport. Continuing south, we went through down town Juneau headed toward Thane. This is a spot on the road a few miles south and is the home of the Thane Ore Salmon Bake House. They serve an all you can eat salmon and halibut dinner with a salad bar. The best thing was the fried halibut, the salmon tended to be over cooked.
Needing to walk off this dinner we headed back to the hotel and started walking towards the Governors Mansion. We took some of the famous Juneau short cuts, stair ways that lead up hill. We walked past the House of Wickersham and the old St Nicholas Orthodox Church, both under repair. After cruising through some of the tourist shops we stopped at the famous Red Dog Saloon. With its swinging doors and sawdust on the floor this is quite the place for tourist, but since the cruise ships had left for the day it was just us and the bartender, Mike. He turned out to be a real nice guy and kept us entertained with lots of stories.