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NEWS Capital City Weekly Southeast Alaska is an incredible playground for the adventurous. Whenever we lose sight of this, we need merely look at what our neighbors are spending their weekends doing. Some make a career out of outdoor exploration; for others, it's just a hobby. Here are a few of the individuals who impressed us with their outdoor activities in 2009.

Outdoor explorers remind us of our backyard wonders

Gold in the Hills: Glenn Cook: Glenn Cook is one of several Juneau residents who pan for gold in Gold Creek. He often finds himself posing for photos and giving pointers to those who are less experienced.
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Gold in the Hills: Glenn Cook: Glenn Cook is one of several Juneau residents who pan for gold in Gold Creek. He often finds himself posing for photos and giving pointers to those who are less experienced. "You can turn somebody from half a world away on to something that they never thought they'd do," Cook said. "They find a couple little pieces and they're just ecstatic."
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