Our Driver Ben, was OUTSTANDING not only was he a local to the area but he was a wealth of history as he was a member of the Tlingit tribe, he explained that he was the youngest child of 13 kids and that his family's rich native American history and how their customs were. He told us his father was his teacher and mentor and lived past 100, Ben asked us if the bus load of tourists he took to the Glacier was interested in some Tlingit history how could you not say YES ! Of course you travel this far and to have some as special as Ben to explain who wants to explain his family and tribal traditions . What a bonus. If you are LUCKY as we were to get to go to the Mendenhall Glacier, you have to ask for Ben. To me and my wife that was as exciting to hear the Tlingit history and the Glacier visit to Mendenhall was icing on the KAKE (that is where Ben was from, look it up on the Net. We plan on visiting there. Alaska has a history and tradition that we should all know and hear and if you want to learn Tlingit ask Ben to teach you he is only one of a few hundred native speakers who remain he said and he will teach non natives. That is what travel is about not only the scenery but the people and history.
Ben, on our next visit to Juneau we would like to look you up and talk and hire you as our private guide for the entire day. You made our trip to Juneau special, and the Fish and Chips recommendation place "the hanger" not bad !! Better than the food on the Amsterdam- Holland America ship we took. Believe me I am not being paid for any endorsements, in fact it is extremely rare I would spend my time doing any write up unless it was 110% true.
Ben we only met you that day last week but we love you and thank god you are around to share your knowledge because the youth of today mostly cares less. Plus this week in Juneau their is major tribal festivities and gatherings,Thanks again Ben.
Mark & Tobi (Brookings, OR)
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