|Mount Roberts Tram - Juneau, AK|
The Mount Roberts Tramway was opened in 1996 and is owned and operated by Goldbeldt, LLC which is an Alaskan native corporation. The tram takes over 200,000 passengers per year up the mountain and only operates during the cruise ship season from May through September.
|Huge Gears of the Mount Roberts Tramway - Juneau, AK|
|Mount Roberts Tramway car "Eagle" - Juneau, AK|
|Ascending the Mount Roberts Tramway - Juneau, AK|
As the tram took off and we started quickly gaining altitude, it occurred to me as I looked down at the city of Juneau below, that those who suffer from either acrophobia or claustrophobia may want to think twice before signing up for this activity. Of concern to the claustrophobic is that each tram car holds up to 60 people and the operators count to try to make sure each car is packed. For the acrophobics, the car has glass windows on all sides and rises over 1800 feet in about six minutes. It is reported to be one of the steepest tramways in the world.
|At the Top of the Mount Roberts Tramway|
At end of the ride to the top of the mountain passengers exit the tram car on a platform perched on a tower. The platform is attached to the "The Mountain House" by a sky bridge. The Mountain House contains displays of Native Alaskan arts and crafts, the Raven Eagle Gift shop, the Chilkat theater with a film about Tlingit culture and a restaurant, the Timberline Bar and Grill.
|View from the top of Mount Roberts - Juneau, AK|
|View of a Cruise Ship from the top of Mount Roberts - Juneau, AK|
Using the zoom on my camera, I got a little better photo of one of the cruise ships tied up at the dock.
We continued on the trail toward the nature center hoping to see and learn more about Lady Baltimore, a bald eagle who was found injured from a gunshot on Douglas Island in 2006. Unfortunately she was not receiving visitors at the time we were at Mount Roberts.
|"Lady Baltimore, an injured bald eagle, in her habitat" by Michaelh2001 - I took this photo today, 15 August 2015, using my Canon PowerShot camera. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia|
Within a week after our visit, Michaelh2001 took this photo of Lady Baltimore (below) and her habitat (above) on a beautiful sunny day. I wish we had been as lucky with the weather.
|"Lady Baltimore, in her habitat" by Michaelh2001 - I created this file today, using my Canon PowerShot camera. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia|
Lady Baltimore is part of the Juneau Raptor Center educational program located at Mount Roberts. The Juneau Raptor Center provides medical treatment and rehabilitation for all types of wild birds, not just raptors, and when possible, releases them back to the wild. Those that have injuries that are too severe to survive in the wild, like Lady Baltimore, are either humanely euthanized or kept for educational purposes.
We continued on to the nature center which features interpretive exhibits, including several created by the Juneau Raptor Center.
One of the exhibits is a life-size display showing the size of a bald eagle nest.
Another encourages visitors to compare their outstretched arms to the wingspan of a bald eagle and several other bird species. My husband with an arm span of about 6 feet kindly obliged as my model to give some idea of scale to the photo.
There are several miles hiking trails on Mount Roberts, but since the visibility was so poor due to the weather and also because we had already done a hike at the Mendenhall Glacier earlier in the day, we decided to return back down the mountain to do a little walking around in Juneau. A tram car departs from the platform every 10 minutes so we didn't have long to wait.
Soon we were zooming back down the mountain.
|Eagle Nest Interpretive Display - Mount Roberts Tramway|
|Eagle Wingspan Interpretive Display - Mount Roberts Tramway|
|Tramway Platform at the top of Mount Roberts|
|Descending from the top of Mount Roberts|
|Bald Eagle - Mount Roberts - Juneau, AK|
|Shoppers on Franklin Avenue - Juneau, AK|
|A Rainy Day in Juneau Alaska|
|Shops in Juneau near the cruise ship terminal|
|Tracy's King Crab Shack|
|The Holland America Westerdam at the dock in Juneau, AK|
So it was back to the ship and the end of our damp day in Juneau.
Tomorrow's destination: Glacier Bay
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