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Aug 11, 2018 - North to Alaska.....Skagway

After a short 102-mile trip from Juneau our next port was Skagway, Alaska. Skagway was the only town of our 3 stops that is accessible by car. It has a full-time population of1,000 people and during the tourist season it doubles in order to deal with more than 900,000 visitors from late May until early October. Our day there was almost totally filled with a beautiful ride on the White Pass and Yukon narrow gauge railroad and a hike. The railroad was originally built for the mining trade but is now in operation solely for the tourists. We...

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Aug 6, 2018 - Skagway

Interesting day. We left Whitehorse Yukon, down the Klondike Highway, came into British Columbia, and then into Skagway Alaska. All in 111 miles. I know this is getting old, but what a beautiful drive. We came upon Emerald Lake which the pictures don't show correctly. When the sun is out, it is a beautiful emerald green. We then passed through Caribou Crossing, which is now called Carcross. It is a cute little tourist town that was once a very important stop for the gold miners heading north from Skagway. Then on into scenery that we...

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Aug 2, 2018 - Skagway, Alaska and Yukon Territory, Canada

What an interesting day! Skagway is a frontier town that was a base for the Klondike Gold Rush about 500 miles inland and now is revived by the tourism industry. Maria and I had chosen an 8 hour excursion to the Yukon Territory in Canada which required Canadian Border check on the way and US Border check on the way back. Our excursion was via bus on the way to the Yukon including a visit and lunch at Caribou Crossing and Carcross, YT and back to Frasier, B.C. where we boarded the White Pass Narrow Gauge Railroad down the mountain and then...

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Jul 21, 2018 - Skagway

After two days of visiting glaciers, we arrived at our first port of call which was Skagway. We arrived around 7am and hopped off the ship around 7:30am. We had an excursion planned – a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. For those of you who may not know, Skagway was the jumping off point for gold miners heading to the Yukon for the Gold Rush in the 1890s. There were two ways north to the Yukon from Skagway – The Chilkoot Trail which was steep and rugged, but shorter, and the White Pass which was longer but less rugged. Both of...

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Jun 27, 2018 - A Visit to Skagway

JUNE 23rd Pete & I got cabin fever & decided to take a drive to Skagway. We drove the Skagway Highway (AKA Hwy 2). All I can say is we saw some spectacular views ! Once we arrived in Skagway we hit the usual shops, I've never seen so many Jewelry stores in one small town in my life. Skagway has so much character, its a great town. When we arrived a cruise ship was in the harbor, but it wasn't really busy (YET). We grabbed lunch in a saloon/eatery (The Red Onion), when we came out, the streets were were getting crowded..... time to leave....

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Jun 16, 2018 - Spent the day in Skagway

We spent the day in Skagway. We went downtown this morning checking out the town and this afternoon we went on the White Pass and Yukon railroad excursion. It was an enjoyable trip. The railway was constructed in 1898-1900 and runs along the original miner trail toward the Klondike gold fields. It was constructed in 26 months by 35,000 workers. There were 35 workers that lost their lives in the effort. Tomorrow morning we plan on going to church here in Skagway, then heading down to the the ferry for passage to Haines.

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Jun 15, 2018 - Travel to Skagway

Traveled 321 miles (drive time 7:10). This makes the total trip 3,465 miles and 65:00 drive time. The country changed some in Yukon, but still enjoyable. Still lots of trees but the grasses were less lush. We hit the Alaska border at 4:15 today (6/15/2018). No problems at the border crossing. The landscape changed to the most rugged we have seen. The downgrade into Skagway was steep (up to 11%) and probably the longest continuous grade we have encountered on the trip. It was no problem though and we went on into town and purchased our train...

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Aug 15, 2017 - Skagway - Second Shore Excursion

The next day we woke up in Skagway. Skagway is a beautiful port. We had a late afternoon excursion scheduled so we decided to take a tour of Skagway. We hopped aboard a bright yellow sight seeing bus from 1920's. The tour guide was dressed in clothing from the era and her narration depicted the town from the advent of the gold rush. Much more interesting than walking the tourist shops in town. Although we did stop at a few shops after the tour. We learned about a very bad man from Creed, Colorado that was one of the first scam artists in...

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Jul 7, 2017 - Celebrating 40 Years and North to Alaska

We left Sechelt about 6:20 am on June 23, stopping at Java Docks in Madeira Park for a breakfast wrap on the way. We ate it at the Earls Cove ferry terminal. The ferry was right on time and we left at 8:25. This is a lovely 50 minute ferry ride - lots of green, some snowy mountains and a big waterfall. We stopped to visit a friend at Bootlegger in Powell River then headed for the ferry terminal there. The ferry is a new one with loading a bit of a challenge for ferry staff. There is a lower car deck that is accessed by a ramp that raises...

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Jun 25, 2017 - Skagway

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – USA chapter Alaska has to say about Skagway: Skagway was a gold-rush town infamous for its lawlessness. In 1887 the population was two; 10 years later it was Alaska’s largest city, with 20,000 residents. Today Skagway survives entirely on tourism and gets packed when a handful of cruise ships pull in and thousands of passengers converge on the town as if the Klondike gold rush was still on. Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park A seven- block corridor along Broadway St that...

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Jun 24, 2017 - White Pass/Yukon Route RR

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad website has to say about its history. It’s a fascinating story, and if you want to read more about it, here is a link: Visit WP&YR “The White Pass & Yukon Route climbs from sea level in Skagway to more that 3,000 feet at the Summit in just 20 miles, and features steep grades of almost 3.9%. The tight curves of the White Pass called for a narrow gauge railroad. Building the 110 miles of track was a challenge in every way. Construction required cliff hanging turns...

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Jun 18, 2017 - Ferry to Skagway

Had a great walk through town early in the morning. Saw lots of boats at the harbor. Drove around town and to Chulkoot Lake before heading to ferry. Watched everyone loading into the ferry (They made all trailers back in). Abby was so scared she set in Mom's lap. Took a nice walk around Skagway and hiked to a view point. This 10 miles or more day is killing us!! We need a vacation from our parents!!! Off to Canada tomorrow.

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