Juneau Tram and Around Town

After a quick lunch, we took the Goldbelt Tramway from just about sea level up 1800 feet to Mt. Roberts.  I showed the tram from the ship a couple days ago, but here again.

Tram
Tram

 

Goldbelt Tram
Goldbelt Tram

It takes about 5 minutes to ride up 1800 feet above Juneau.  Here are a couple views from the top.

View from Mt Roberts
View from Mt Roberts

 

View of Harbor Below
View of Harbor Below

There is a trail you hike back town into town,  but we just walked a short piece of it.  Great views.

Is this an Indian Trail Marking Tree?
Is this an Indian Trail Marking Tree?

 

Views from Trail
Views from Trail

 

Views from Trail
Views from Trail

There were a couple totem poles along the trail.

Small Totem Pole along Trail
Small Totem Pole along Trail

 

Another Totem Pole Along Trail
Another Totem Pole Along Trail

Also, two trees had carvings in them.

Tree Carving
Tree Carving

 

Tree Carving
Tree Carving

And a cross high on this hill.

View from Trail
View from Trail

One last look down the tram cables.

Long Way Down
Long Way Down

Once we were back in town, we wandered a bit, just looking at the city.

Street View in Juneau
Street View in Juneau

 

Street View in Juneau
Street View in Juneau

Ten sculptures line the waterfront in Juneau called Aquileans.  Their website can explain it better than I can.

“The inspiration for Aquileans sculptural form is archetypes of the Alaskan landscape including two iconic ecological shapes, a whale fluke and an eagle’s wings in flight. Aptly titled, Aquileans is a combination of the Latin words for eagle and whale. Each sculpture reflects and refracts sunlight during the day and at night are illuminated with a program of color changing LED lights reminiscent of the Aurora borealis northern lights phenomena.”

Aquileans Sculpture
Aquileans Sculpture

 

Juneau Waterfront
Juneau Waterfront

Our ship, the Noordam, in the Juneau harbor.

Holland America Noordam
Holland America Noordam

This Raven-Eagle Sculpture depicts a raven on the left and an eagle on the right, two moieties of the Tlingit Tribe of southeast Alaska.  A Tlingit is either eagle or raven by birth and according to custom must marry the opposite.  Birth heritage is passed on by the mother.

Raven Eagle Sculpture
Raven Eagle Sculpture

Back on board the ship we are treated to the Juneau waterfront by night.  Note the blue lights along the water’s edge.  These are the Aquileans  sculptures lit at night.

Juneau Waterfront at Night
Juneau Waterfront at Night

We’ve had a wonderful time in Juneau, but we will be in Skagway by morning.  More adventures await us there.

Mark

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