Story last updated at 5/6/2009 - 10:46 am
Okay everyone, the snow has just about melted and we've even felt some warm sun. In Southeast Alaska, there are many signs that summer has arrived. One of them is when the Capital City Weekly office becomes the tourist information center for downtown.
The first questions of the season, not surprisingly, have been regarding our governor. Some nice folks from Britain wanted to know about Governor Palin's choice for Juneau's senator. They felt after reading about Dennis Egan that he might be a candidate to run against Sarah in the next Governor's race. This thought has never crossed my mind. However, now that it's out there ... what do you say Senator? Oh wait, we were talking about summer.
Our presses have started running longer as we print out thousands of additional copies for our guests. Tourist love to pick us up thoughout Southeast. Tourists who end up stopping by with questions usually greet us as if they already know us. Many report reading us onkline at www.capitalcityweekly.com long before leaving home.
This week marks the return of our Southeast Alaska Adventures Page. If you were at the Annual Travel Fair hosted by the Juneau Travel and Convention Bureau, you may have noticed the hundreds of folks who attended. To me, it seemed to be one of the busiest fairs in recent history.
It could very well be that individuals from down south will be taking advantage of their Alaska connections this year. The high turnout could also be that us Alaskans are thinking of "staycations."
A staycation is a "vacation taken within a short distance of one's home," according to britannica.com. For Alaskans, this opens up a world of things to do.
When was the last time you went on a whale watching tour? Visited Tracy Arm Fjord? Barbecued on a Traeger Grill with a mountain in the backdrop? Outfitted and went for a hike? Or visited Haines? These are a few of the things you'll learn about in our Southeast Alaska Adventures Page.
Capital City Weekly is your summer guide that updates every Wednesday. We have events listed for all of Southeast as well as information on tours and shops.
My in-laws have come a number of times and honestly they've probably seen more of the sites in Juneau then I have after 15 years. My first year here someone told me, "We live in a postcard." This is very true. So this summer have a staycation and join me in experiencing the wonder of Southeast Alaska.
Laura L. Newsom is the general manager of the Capital City Weekly. She may be reached at email@example.com.