Our morning began bright and early at 3:30am because we wanted to witness the summer solstice sunrise of 2018. However, to our dismay the skies were cloudy. While some of the early goers, decided to go back to bed, the others went to a viewpoint for the sunrise. We woke up for second time at 7:30 and had a splendid breakfast of cereal downstairs. After packing for the day, Al arrived and we were set to go on another physical journey. For another day, the sun shined high over our heads to guide us.
We took the 45 minute bus ride through downtown Juneau and finally arrived at the Mt. Roberts Trail. Mike told us it was going to be a mile long, but an elevation change of 1200ft. During the first 15 minutes, we realized that he was not joking how steep it would be, but we also learned from a trail sign it would be 2 ½ miles. After many water stops, rest breaks, and a few viewpoints, we reached a large building that many believed was a private residence. Mike however informed us that it was a theatre, gift shop, restaurant, and most importantly a TRAM!!! We slowly climbed the last hill to the building, and then spent a long time searching through the gift store looking for the best presents. Once we had spent around an hour in the shop, Mike rounded us all up, and we ate lunch outside in front of a bald eagle cage. (The rapture was shot in the eye earlier in its life and now was used to help inform people about them. Though we missed the movie in the building, Mike treated everyone to a desert before we witnessed the spectacular views on the tram down the mountain.
Al picked us up in downtown Juneau and we traveled back towards Auke Bay where we stopped at a local joint called Hot Bite that looked out over the harbor. Here we dined on hamburgers and grilled cheese. To our surprise as we arrived at our cabin, we had a local tribal woman who was going to teach us about the native culture. She explained how the balance between nature and people was the most important aspect of life and how we must focus on the preset life and not the past or future times. Lastly, she explained her tribal medicine kit. Instead of containing actual medicine, it contained natural remedies( eagle feather, rock, shell, pine cone, and driftwood) because they are able to soothe us. The night ended with evening prayer, but instead of the chapel, we walked the labyrinth and witnesses the beautiful Alaskan sunset.
Sam Kennedy and Charles Kyle
The thoughts and observations of our Journey to Adulthood pilgrims on their journey to Alaska.
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