A State Capitol, A Church, and A Glacier

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In Hoonah, the world's largest Tlingit village.
In Hoonah, the world’s largest Tlingit village.

Today we have a half-day stop in Juneau, the state capital of Alaska. We try to tour state capitol buildings when we have a chance. I don’t remember ever even thinking I would have the chance to visit Alaska’s!

Nearby is St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Russians built settlements in Alaska beginning in 1784. The Russian Orthodox Church sent missionaries to Alaska. St. Nicholas Orthodox Church was established in the late 1800s, especially to serve the Tlingit people.We look forward to visiting St. Nicholas, too.

Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States, covers most of southeast Alaska, including the area around the state capitol. The U.S. Forest Service operates the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center nearby. We plan to go there to hike and to see the exhibits in the Visitor Center.

He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.
He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.
He casts forth His ice as fragments; Who can stand before His cold?
He sends forth His word and melts them;
He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.
Psalm 147:15-18, NASB

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