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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

Jul 2, 2012 - Skagway, AK Pop 700

July 2-5 Skagway, Alaska – population 700 On the way to Skagway our caravan stopped at the Tagish/Tlingit village of Carcross (shortened from Caribou Crossing). The White Pass & Yukon Route was established in 1898 and the vintage engines and rail cars still run between Skagway and Whitehorse with a stop at Carcross. I had a pleasant visit to the Matthew Watson General Store before getting back on the road. During the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush Skagway was a supply town, outfitting the stampeders for their 550 mile trip north to Dawson City....

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Jul 1, 2012 - Pullen Creek RV Park

Stayed at Pullen Creek RV Park for four nights in a Water & Electric only site in Skagway, AK. The front of our motor coach was pointed at the Skagway Harbor and the snow capped mountains that surround the harbor. Our campsite was 100 feet from the water and 250 feet from several cruise ships. Each day we were there, we would have a view of 2 to 5 different cruise ships. This is a highly recommended RV park, especially if you are able to get the parking sites that face Skagway Harbor. Note 1: On Mon., 07/02/12, we road on the White Pass and...

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D & D World Travel

Jun 30, 2012 - Glacier Bay

This day was spent sailing through Glacier Bay. It is a very remote and absolutely beautiful part of southeastern Alaska and is dotted with glaciers. The ship traveled to the end of the bay and then made a slow turn-around. At the end is the glacier that carved the bay in which we are sailing. It is now so dirty that it hardly resembles ice. However, beside it is Mergerie Glacier - the only one that is currently still progressing (7 feet a day). We were fortunate enough to see calving (the breaking away of ice) twice while we were there....

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North to Alaska

Jun 29, 2012 - Skagway, AK

We arrived in Skagway today. It is a quaint little town of about 850 residents that gets about 1,000,000 visitors per year. It's one of the few towns that you can actually escape from by road. We took a streetcar tour around town including the cemetery. Our guides were dressed in period costume and entertained us with stories of the early history of Skagway and the scoundrals that founded it. They were very good at their jobs and we really enjoyed it. Most of the residents in Alaska are seasonal - college students or semi-retired people...

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North to Alaska

Jun 26, 2012 - Week Six: June 20 - 26 ( Seward, Anch, Eagle River, Palmer, Valdez, Haines, ferry)

Day 1, we left Anchorage on the Glenn Highway towards Glennallen and the city of Valdez. Along the road we passed through Eagle River, a fast-growing bedroom community housing a number of Anchorage's military and civilian workers. Next town was Palmer, a city that's part pioneer and part modern-day commercial center. Set in the Matanuska Valley, Palmer became the acting headquarters for a farmers' coop and is the business and social center for Alaska's most productive farming region. The growing season averages 100 - 118 days a year with...

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