My first sea plane ride!
If you haven’t read my first post about Juneau, Alaska, I traveled there for my first Food Bloggers Conference. On my first day there booked an excursion with Wings Airways, where they took us up in a seaplane and flew us over several mountains and glaciers. The scenery was outstanding and I’m sorry, but these pictures just can’t compare to seeing it in person.
How’s this view while grilling?
I told the chef it nice to have such an awesome outdoor kitchen with that amazing view. We got lucky that day, it didn’t rain like it does so often in Juneau and the weather was a nice temperature. They cooked salmon, baked beans, coleslaw, sour dough bread, biscuits and the most amazing ginger bread cookies I’ve ever eaten.
I guess the bear wanted some too.
They said we would probably see some bears, and they were not kidding. First time you hear someone yell “BEAR!” you’re all excited and a little scared. There is always one staff member with carrying a large wooden staff to fend off a bear if need be, but I don’t think the bears ever get close enough to any of the guests to use it. After the fifth time you hear someone yell “Bear!”, you may or may not go check it out.
Did you know that Alaska the largest rainforest in the country?
I now know that rainforests are not just in tropical locations? There are 17 million acres of rainforest in Alaska.
The Sitka Spruce trees are everywhere and are a major importance in forestry for timber and paper production. They’re widely used in piano, harp, violin, and guitar manufacture, due to their high strength-to-weight ratio and regular, knot-free rings make it an excellent conductor of sound. The Steinway and Sons piano company is well known for using Sitka spruce exclusively for the soundboards in their pianos. The harp company, Lyon and Healy, also use Sitka spruce for the soundboards of their harps.
Okay, back to the food
Sabra hummus set this expansive buffet up for us one morning and asked us to take photos of our creations and post them with the #hummustoast on Instagram. They picked three winners to receive $500 Visa gift cards and guess what? I was one of the winners. I heard it was actually random, but I do like my photos and it was delicious. Added bonus was the bloody mary and mimosa bar.
Souvenirs and a two-headed baby duck
I could show food photos for days, but I want to end this with some of the interesting and unique souvenirs (including a two-headed duck) you can purchase while enjoying your stay in Juneau.
As anyone who knows me, I’m pretty chatty and love to tell stories, but as hard as I tried to keep this short… I did not. Juneau is an experience I highly recommend. Next time I’ll stay longer because there’s so much more to see, do and eat.