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Jun 11, 2012 - Last Day In Skagway

We spent another day here in Skagway to see some of the sights we had missed…there is a lot to see in this historic town. We were out early to visit the Gold Rush Cemetery on the outskirts of town. We had seen this from the train on our ride a few days ago. We saw the gravesites and headstones for Jefferson “Soapy” Smith, and Frank Reid, the man who eventually shot him. Then we hiked a brief way up to the gorgeous Lower Reid Falls. After lunch, we returned to the historic part of town to browse the shops again and return to our favorite...

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Jun 10, 2012 - Alaska at last

When we left the Whitehorse campground it was nearly empty. Those of us who could were heading south where the road was open, one lane at least. And the folks scheduled to take our place coming from the east were still stopped by road closures. The drive south on the Klondike Highway was the sort of drive we love. Every few miles there was something to stop and see and the pull off areas were wide enough to accommodate both our rigs. It took us most of the day to drive about 110 miles with all the stops. The aquamarine color of Emerald...

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Jun 10, 2012 - Feels Like I'm Back Home

Overcast and Cool A Day in the Campground I thought we were on vacation! Today we were on the internet practically all day…that felt familiar, and not at all like vacation! Mike paid bills online and organized and uploaded photos (finally!) I caught up on e-mail, updated the trip journal, worked on the pictures I had taken, and did a little laundry. We let Tim and Terri’s dogs out a few times while they were on their ferry trip today. I just thought I would share with you that we don’t do fun vacation things every single day…just most of...

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Jun 8, 2012 - A Day In Skagway

AM, Cool and Overcast PM, Cool and Sunny We had a busy day today in the bustling city of Skagway. We started with a 10 AM video presentation by a park ranger on the Chilkoot Trail experience of one man during the gold rush, learned by the letters he wrote home during the time he was gone. The hardships those men (and a few women) went through were amazing. Many of them spent a harrowing winter on the trail, either the Chilkoot or the White Pass Trail, only to find when they got to Dawson City that all the land was taken and there were no...

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Jun 7, 2012 - Alaska, We Have Arrived!

10AM, Rainy and 51 Degrees Noon, Drizzly and 48 Degrees Tagish, Yukon Territory to Skagway, Alaska, USA! 10 AM to 1 PM, 3 Hours, 85 Miles Stayed at Garden City RV Park We started out our day with those wonderful cinnamon rolls that we bought yesterday, and then headed for the Klondike Highway to take us into Skagway. Beautiful mountain and lake scenery were abundant. We were delighted again with the appearance of a large black bear along the left side of the highway, but one of the numerous Princess tour buses heading up the road today from...

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May 22, 2012 - Day 28, Skagway, Alaska

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 This RV Park is basically a parking lot and we are all sandwiched in like a drive in movie. Good thing we don’t hang out here all day. Got up this morning to cloudy skies and drizzly rain. For a day trip in the Kia, we headed 97 miles south on the South Klondike Highway to Skagway, Alaska. We saw a couple a caribou along the road right outside of town. The clouds were very low and covered all the mountains about halfway down. So we didn’t get good views of the scenery. We stopped at Emerald Lake. Surprisingly, it was...

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May 21, 2012 - Skagway, AK

Mon, 21 May: Happy Birthday Sue!!! Our best wishes for a healthy and happy year. Our sleep patterns have really gotten bollixed up something royal. Last evening at 2205 we took a picture at 1/250 & f5.6. For you non-photo buffs that equates to plenty of light. It just doesn't get dark up here this time of year, and we have another month till the summer solstice (and many more degrees of north latitude). In short, we didn't get to bed until well after eleven (late by our standards). We are so pleased with our MCD shades. We didn't pry...

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Sep 18, 2011 - Garden City of Alaska

Our next port-of-call was the historic town of Skagway. Skagway is known as "the Garden City of Alaska" due to the amount of sunshine and mild temps. And it is also known as the "Gateway to the Klondike". The town’s population exploded during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. The completion of a railroad from Skagway to Lake Bennett in 1899 expediated the "stampeders" in their quest for gold. After browsing the quaint shops in Skagway, we enjoyed a 3 hour scenic rail ride up to White Pass Summit. The fall colors are just beginning. Back on...

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Sep 13, 2011 - Day 11 - Skagway

We woke up this morning in the port of Skagway. Alongside also was the Zuiderdam of Holland America, a Celebrity Cruise ship, and the Golden Princess was behind us. So with 4 cruise ships in port, it was going to be a busy day for the shops and tours of Skagway. Skagway gets its name from the Tlingit people: “a windy place with white caps on the water.” It wasn’t really windy, but it was overcast and drizzling rain occasionally. The most popular tour in Skagway is the White Pass & Yukon Railroad. This was once the quickest way to travel...

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Aug 24, 2011 - Skagway, Alaska

Surprise!!!Rain again today. We did go back to town for a little more shopping and then took a drive to the old town of Dyea which is no longer there. It was a gold rush town and there is little left to show it was ever there. There is an old cemetery called Slide Cemetery because most of the people buried there were killed in a land slide in the late 1800's....

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Aug 23, 2011 - Day 23 Skagway, Alaska

We were at sea all night and woke up in Skagway. Rainy overcast but went to town anyway. Walked around town only thing I found to buy was a bag of popcorn. We checked out the old train station. The Salmon were trying to swim up stream, I got tired just watching.

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Aug 21, 2011 - Whitehorse, Yukon to Skagway, Alaska

Left in rain and some wind. We had a good drive down to Skagway. There were few picture opportunities due to the weather. We did get to see beautiful Emerald Lake, mountain sheep along the way and many water falls. We drove around town after getting settled in and saw 3 cruise ships that were anchored and many people. We decided to shop on Monday....

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