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Jun 5, 2013 - Skagway, Gateway to the Yukon

After our day in Juneau we sailed overnight to Skagway. It was a short trip of only 101 nautical miles, so we docked in the early morning hours. When we got up we found ourselves docked at the "railroad pier", so-called for obvious reasons as you can see from the photos. After breakfast we walked into town to explore a bit. It didn't take a lot of time because Skagway is a very small town with fewer that 1,000 permanent residents. Of course, in the summer the population swells and there is a constant flow of tourists who arrive mostly on...

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Sep 23, 2012 - Skagway, AK

Took the ferry over to Skagway- really neat and relaxing with the now familiar mountains and lush forests all around. We still find it hard to believe there is so much glorious scenery to see every day of this trip! Enough to make us want to look into the Alaska Marine Highway again for a future trip. Unfortunately at this late date almost everything available to entertain tourists like us is closed. We did get some candy and nuts in Skagway for half price woohoo! So it looks like we're going to be finding our own way from here on!

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Aug 24, 2012 - skagway

took a ride on white pass railroad. small guage railroad built to get gold miners into the interior. Had our own car, but not sure about the two guys in front row, think they were in witness protection program. from train took pic of road into skagway, a 12 mile road with 8%down grade. Sure glad for new truck with jake brake!! and most of the drive was in the clouds, couldn't see more than 20ft. Old caboose turned into lodging, but only to get here is by this train. Note - yoy will see in the train pic's that on the way up we were first...

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Aug 14, 2012 - Off The Bucket List

It has been a couple weeks since we’ve had our own Internet signal and strong cell phone coverage. I’ve been unable to post updates without the Internet. Most RV parks offer internet but it crashes frequently and is not designed or capable of loading pictures. We are back in the lower 48, having picked up our handguns and “adult beverage” stash from our good friends, Terry and Fran Minton. The motorhome and Jeep are clean, we have strong cell and WiFi, satellite TV, got a great workout (outside/no bugs!) this morning and we are starting to...

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NORTH BY NORTHWEST

Aug 6, 2012 - Skagway, Alaska

Rain, rain, and more rain with heavy cloud cover and temperatures in the mid 50’s. I took my SUV over to the NAPA store at 07:45AM. I had to wait until 8:45AM before they could take me in. It was not long and they came out and told me the water pump had gone bad and that is where all the fluid is leaking from. Of course in a small town like Haines they were unable to fix it. I went back to the RV and hooked up the SUV. I went to a Tesoro station on 2d Street but the pumps were not working so I had to double back to the Tesoro station by the...

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Jul 28, 2012 - Day 68 Skagway

Day 68: Went for a walk around town before boarding the White Pass & Yukon Railroad train. The train only went 20.4 miles to the summit of White Pass at the U.S. Canadian border, but we went up almost 3,000' in those 20 miles! Needless to say, the scenery was breathtaking! I took about a gazillion pictures, but tried to edit it down to a few so I didn't have to spend all night uploading. Bal and some others on the train saw a black bear and I saw a Ptarmigan on the way back down. The trip lasted 3 1/2 hours and it went by too quickly. We...

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Jul 27, 2012 - Day 67 Whitehorse to Skagway Alaska

Day 67: Whitehorse to Skagway, 108 miles. Another beautiful drive today! We left with the sun shining and the temperature in the low 70's. But, by the time we hit the mountain passes, it was raining! But it pretty much cleared up by the time we got to Skagway. Our first stop today was at a wayside, where we walked back a couple of hundred yards to see the remains of Robinson's Roadhouse. It was built to support the train and when the train went out of business in 1915, so did the roadhouse. As you can see from the picture, the buildings are...

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Jul 24, 2012 - Up hill, both ways - in the snow

Tuesday morning we pulled into port early in Skagway. The view outside our window was beautiful snow capped mountains. Skagway is an extremely small town, only 8 blocks long and 4 blocks wide. There are about 800 permanent residents, but a good majority of them leave during the winters. The town came to be as a stop along the way to Dawson City during the 1898 gold rush and I guess some people just stayed! Dad, Mom and I each had excursions planned for the day so once we got settled in our hotel room we headed off to the meet up points....

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Jul 23, 2012 - Skagway, Alaska

Today we went on the White Pass and Yukon Railway to Skagway. Did not get too many good pictures, I sat on the wrong side of the train. Did get some of the Emerald Lake on the way and from the tall trestle as we crossed. Skagway is the town the prospectors came to when they were headed to Dawson City. They had to cross a pass called the Chilkoot Trail, carrying 2000 lbs. of supplies and get to the Yukon and go down it to Dawson City. We also visited a town call CarCross. Short for Caribou Crossing. Here is a quiz for you. Where is the...

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Jul 11, 2012 - Skagway Skyline trail hike

Wednesday - Day 2 in Skagway was even better than yesterday. It was still windy but dry and clear. We chose to hike the more challenging 5 mile Skyline Trail up AB Mountain, blissfully ignorant of the sadistic pleasure we would feel climbing the 4900' of elevation. The trail started gently enough through boreal forest, then worked its way up through the 'transition' zone of small bushes before emerging into an alpine meadow at the top. The transition section was wet, slippery and muddy from water still seeping out of the mountain. We...

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Alaska from a tent

Jul 10, 2012 - Skagway Mt. Dewey hike

Tuesday - Imagine our delight this morning to find that the campground does indeed have a mountain view. The tent sites are nestled under the trees, somewhat protected from the strong winds blowing down Skagway's main street. There are quite a few young summer workers set up in long-term sites. The passenger trains to/from Whitehorse run from 7:00 to 17:00, passing within 100' of our tent and the campground is a staging area for the all-day Jeep Safari tours. The helicopters and float planes start flying overhead at 7:00 also, carrying the...

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Alaska from a tent

Jul 9, 2012 - to Skagway, AK, from Rancheria

Monday - Today we drove from the Yukon, Canada to Skagway, Alaska stopping at Teslin, Yukon for lunch. The scenery from Rancheria to Teslin was magnificent -- so many mountains, lakes, wildflowers and even a bald eagle soaring above -- with great weather to enjoy the views. We crossed the Continental Divide before noon. This is the point where the rivers start to flow west through Alaska to the Bering Sea. Before the Divide the rivers flow north to the Arctic Ocean. Finally we have found cool weather! Teslin has several interesting museums,...

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Alaska from a tent

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