Sunday, April 04, 2010

A weekend of goodbyes

Friday and Saturday were wonderful days. Juneau put on its best early spring face: Filtered sunshine, sharp wind and warm rain. There were many goodbyes, many parting words, but for now, there is only time for photos.

Spring snowshoeing in the slush: Short sleeves and trench foot.

Mount Jumbo in repose.

Ready Bullion, polished by the sun.

Downtown Juneau.

Looking north, to the future.

Rainbow over Douglas Harbor.

Gulls at the mouth of Sheep Creek.

Waiting for that next hit of rain.

Finally, crust after 45 minutes of postholing.

Smiling in the wind.

My last alpine stomp before I leave town — the bowl beneath West Peak.

Wind, sun and snow, all at once.

Loaded up to go in downtown Juneau. The ferry leaves at 7 a.m. Sunday. That old car could probably use a few Easter prayers.


  1. Great shots! Truly amazing landscape.

  2. Best of luck with everything!!!

  3. It's amazing how one snow covered pile of rocks looks like every other snow covered pile of rocks after awhile.

    I wonder if you'll go from being a woman outstanding in her field, to being a woman out standing in her field.

  4. Great shots all but the first is truly an Easter gift IMHO. To be at that spot at that time is amazing, thanks for sharing.

  5. Beautiful pictures, I see why it would be difficult to leave, those places look almost sacred.

    My prayers are with you as you move on to another place.

  6. good luck, god's speed, I have really enjoyed your Juneau Journey, thanks for sharing and I hope you keep this up as you ramble on!

  7. 'postholing' is a new expression to me. The snow has been deep enough for some of that in Scotland this year.

  8. Best wishes and good luck. I enjoyed your account of riding the Great Divide. Your writing and photographs are lovely.

  9. Good-bye for now, Juneau! Good luck, Jill!

  10. Good Luck on the marine highway!

    The trails up here in Anchorage are fairly dry and I feel that the road bikes will be out in force within another week.

  11. Jill, through your blog I have come to love the beauty of Alaska, especially the mountains around Juneau. I admit I got a little choked up looking at these parting shots! :)
    Best of luck to you on this next adventure!


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