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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What I Did Today: A Hike, A Nap And Purple Toes

My friend and walking buddy Linda and I took the Mount Roberts Tramway today and then walked up to Fr. Brown's Cross, a nice uphill hike.

We met a lot of people along the way, most of whom took the tram as part of their visit to Juneau on the cruise ships.  

Every once in a while, I would see a local face, and the person would do a double take, just like I did!

Brian, tram conductor and local famous photographer, very badly photographed by infamous me.
We hiked along switchbacks, and were able to see the back of Mt. Roberts, and Basin Road and the Mount Juneau trail.

I took a picture of Douglas from the Cross.

I can see my house from up here!
Linda and I stopped to take some photos of the view, and a kind tourist took a picture of the two of us.
In the background, you can see the Gastineau Channel and the Juneau International Airport.

We made it to the Cross, along with a lot of other folks.  It was kind of like the United Nations.  I heard French, Portuguese and German, in addition to English.

When we came back down from the cross, we went and sat in the sunshine on the deck of the tram restaurant and had a Diet Coke and chatted with a nice couple from Yorkshire, England - a retired judge and nurse.  We had an interesting discussion.  Meeting interesting new people is one of the benefits of living in a tourist town!

We took the tram back down the mountain and I headed home for a nap!

Later in the day, I had scheduled a pedicure.  It was so nice to have a soothing foot rub after a long walk, and I even got my toenails painted.

My pudgy, purple piggies.

All in all it was a great day!


  1. Great view that you had on your hike. Its so nice to meet people from other parts of the world, isn't it. Sounds like you had a great day.Pretty purple toes.......

  2. Oh what a spectacular view and great photos..I love the one of your Douglas and how you could see your house!

    I have never had a pedicure but have been toying with the idea lately..now that you have taken the plunge, I just might do it. xo

  3. I just finished reading Wild a true story of a woman who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail alone. So, when you said purple toes, I wondered what you had been up to that your toes were so damaged. I am glad it was just a relaxing pedicure.

  4. Sounds like such a wonderful day! Out in the fresh air and meeting wonderful people. I enjoyed reading about it.


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