A September 2000 trip
to Juneau by Linda Kaye
Quote: The Mt. Roberts Tramway, "Seeing Daylight" at the Chilkat Theater, Nature walks, great views, Flight seeing over the Juneau Icefields, the Red Dog Saloon, Moose-on-the-Loose- you name it- Juneau has it.
Leaving the Cultural Center, we took a long nature walk up the mountain and back down again. We stayed at ground level for only a short time before going up in a flight seeing in a seaplane over the Juneau Ice Fields. We ended the day with a stroll through downtown Juneau, including great souvenir shops like Moose-on-the Loose and walked through a salmon processing plant. And no one can leave Juneau before visiting the Red Dog Saloon.
It was a great day in Juneau, Alaska.
A good majority of people who visit Juneau are on a cruise and only have a short time to enjoy this wonderful place. Deciding ahead of time what you want to do is important and then make the best of every moment. Juneau is friendly and welcomes visitors; there is no need to be afraid to walk on your own and explore the surroundings.
If you go up Mount Roberts, take along a light jacket. The higher you climb, the colder it gets. The views from Mt. Roberts are spectacular so be sure you have your camera, extra batteries and plenty of film (or large memory cards). Wear good walking shoes.
We found ourselves with a little extra time at the end of the day and found a flight-seeing tour over the Juneau Ice Fields. It was a last minute decision and the one we will always remember.
The most “normal” mode of transportation in this area is by air. Alaska, in general, has more private pilots per capita that any other country in the world. The Alaskan Bush Pilots are some of the best pilots in the world. Not only do they move people, they also deliver mail, supplies, and services that keep the small surrounding towns alive.
Just outside the Cultural Center the nature walks begin. We began our jaunt through a beautifully wooded area with structured pathways. No matter what your stamina level is, you can easily make this trek. Each turn in this nature trail gave us a new view of the valley below. There are many places to sit and enjoy the scenery along the way. Our favorite place was at a cluster of rocks overlooking the fjords of the Inside Passage. It was a terrific "photo opportunity" and a great place to watch the seaplanes take off for flight seeing tours of the ice fields. It also afforded a view of Admiralty Island, the Glacier Bay area and the Chilkat Mountains. Does the phase "King of the World" ring a bell?
A short distance farther was a wood cross with the sign that read: "Father Brown’s Cross". We could not find any information about Father Brown. As we left Father Brown’s Cross- the sky was the limit. The walking became hiking and the hiking became climbing. We were up high enough to look DOWN into snow and ice filled valleys.
Another favorite spot is the Moose-on-the-Loose, a hugh store where you can easily "get lost". The store owners are well aware of the desire for great photos and have created unique places for tourist to "become a part" of Alaska, such as a large bear with its arms open wide, or a gold miner panning for gold.
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