Krusen with the Kruses travel blog

Pretty scene

White Pass & Yukon Railway train from Skagway

There's a definite tree line here

Looking toward Skagway from the top of White Pass

Lots of waterfalls still running from glaciers

Border crossings

Arctic Brotherhood Hall - 8,833+ pieces of driftwood sticks

Skagway never experienced a fire so has lots of historic buildings

Old (train) & new (cruise ship) forms of transportation here

NCL ships & the Sapphire Princess docked at Skagway

Looking across the valley at the WP&YR railroad tracks

WP&YR train crossing the rocky landscape near White Pass

Area below with small lakes & stunted trees is called Tormented Valley

Judi called this Mineral Mtn - don't know it's real name

Carcross Desert

So many beautiful lakes

Yesterday we decided to make a quick trip back to Alaska! Skagway, AK, is just 110 miles from Whitehorse & you go from Yukon, thru British Columbia &, into the US in that 110 miles.

Skagway is on the Lynn Canal on the Inland Passage of Alaska. We stopped there on the Alaskan cruise we took a number of years ago. Well, 10,000+ such tourists were in Skagway today. Ugh! We weren't in Skagway much when we were on the cruise because we took the White Pass & Yukon Railway ride up to White Pass in the morning & a tour to a dogsled camp in the afternoon. Now we know all we missed was huge crowds of people all over town. Ha! We did enjoy lunch at the Skagway Brewery but the best part of today's trip was definitely the drive over & back. Some people do take their rv's to Skagway but when we saw this in the Milepost - "Highway begins steep 11.5-mile/18.5-km ascent northbound from sea level to 3,290 feet/1,003 m at White Pass; 11 percent grade" - we were glad we decided to just do a day trip.

We were again amazed at the stunted growth of the trees on White Pass. A 100 yr old tree may be only a few feet high due to the severity of the winters here. We saw the world's smallest desert - an unusual desert area of sand dunes composed of sandy lake-bottom material left behind by a large glacial lake. Strong winds off Lake Bennett make it difficult for vegetation to take hold here.

In addition to the beauty & varied landscapes of the mountains & lakes, we were interested to see the areas the Klondikers went thru from Skagway up to the Yukon. The places we've been reading about in books about the history of the Yukon make more sense to us now & we are even more impressed with the difficulties they overcame on their journeys.

It was a long day to Alaska & back but well worth the drive.

Today is another day for laundry & grocery shopping in preparation for heading south tomorrow. We're planning to treat ourselves to dinner out at the Klondike Rib & Salmon BBQ this evening. So that's it from the Yukon. Don't know when we'll next have wifi but - more later...

P.S. Hope you don't mind the collages - we can get a lot of photos in that way.

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