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This blog isn’t about anything as serious as climate change or decimation of species diversity. And frankly, we don’t acknowledge the existence of anything as anything but the pure fabrication and continued hyperbole of the elitist media. Stop elitist media now! More newspapers, less stuff that I disagree with! There, Closed for Business has stated a position.

So our traipse around Alaska last month brought us to the shrinking Mendenhall Glacier. The lake in front of the glacier used to be the glacier. It has formed in the last few years. There are two waterfalls in the photo. One to the immediate right of the glacier, and another farther to the right pouring out of the mountain. Each is relatively recent. You can read all about the rise and fall of Mendenhall anywhere online. You know how to use a search engine…

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The path leading to Mendenhall Glacier has occasional markers of its former edge, like the one pictured below. Our guide suggests that within our lifetimes Mendenhall will close for business, simply melting and receding into the distance.

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A bald eagle, Mendenhall Glacier.

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Moss on a roof, Juneau, AK.

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Plywood in use in Juneau, AK.

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Ship and wheelbarrow in the mist, Auke Bay, AK.

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The Mesa Grill, a tiny shack on an otherwise abandoned lot, downtown Juneau, AK. I ordered a cheeseburger and the woman in the shack thanked me. “All day long, I cook nothing but halibut.” It was as good a burger as I’ve had, better than most and the fries were crispy and fat. I recommend it, but try the halibut.

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Outdoor seating is available.

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Juneau seems to be doing OK. Cruise ships still dump more than 10,000 tourists a day in town and closed businesses are few and far between, at least as revealed on my unofficial and purely random inspection. A taxi driver told me that most of the shops along the water close when tourist season ends and reopen in the late spring.

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The state capitol building in Juneau four days before Sarah Palin’s resignation went into effect. You can sense the anticipation fluttering in the 50th anniversary banner.

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Totem pole in front of the Governor’s Mansion. The expression shows the prevailing anxiety that the governor would change her mind.

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Every day a half dozen cruise ships visit Ketchikan, Alaska and tourists on shore excursions board float planes, tour buses and amphibious vehicles in the hopes of seeing whales, eagles, bear, moose, salmon and enormous slugs. We came across this excellent abandoned house in Ketchikan along the banks of a salmon stream.

According to our impromptu guide, there was a fire years ago, and things being what they are, the house abandoned.

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In the front yard, instead of rusting cars…

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OK, one slug.

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