Juneau and Douglas Islands –
Grand tour on foot was –
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
First port of call on the Alaskan cruise with my family, where I got the idea I would do a tour on foot in every port of the cruise, via a run. It’d be like the tourist run I did in Anchorage, and the marathons I used to do for travel that I called the grand tour on foot.
This run was 10 miles. I didn’t know Juneau, the capital of Alaska, was an island till told to me in the morning on a tour with my family. And also that just next to it was the island of Douglas separated by a really short bridge. It’s almost only technically a separate island from Juneau given how small the separation.
I did my run on both islands and got to a lot of outlook points to see some gorgeous scenery. That includes a lot of breaks in the clouds for sun rays to come through, or “Jesus rays” as they like to call them there. I LOVE that name! 🙂
On the way out in the afternoon, the security crew reminded me of departure time that was still 3 hours from when I was leaving. I know they were just doing their job rather than think I was going to seriously do a 3 hour run and risk missing the departure time. However, I just smiled and casually told them, “No worries, I’m only running to Anchorage and back”, with a wink.
They loved it! They would remember me the rest of the trip, and I had a line for them each day.
When they finished laughing, I asked them if they wanted me to bring back anything for them, for another good laugh. 🙂
The R-series poems were composed while I was out running, in an effort to find time for writing in a life that is always getting busier.