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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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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 - Skagway, Alaska

There are four huge cruise ships in Skagway harbor today. There were a Celebrity (the Infinity) and a Holland America (the Zuiderdam) in port when we got up this morning, the Sapphire Princess having already docked at the Railroad Dock. When we got off the ship, we saw that the Golden Princess had docked behind us. With a year-round population of about 960 people, Skagway is at the north end of Lynn Canal. It is a very historic town, having been the jumping-off point for the gold rush of 1898. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical...

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2012-Adventures

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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Jun 14, 2012 - June 14 - Haines, Ak. to Shagway, Ak.

Today, June 14th was a rough drive. We drove to the Ferry dock in Haines and us and motor home boarded the ferry. They had me drive onto the ferry and turn right into a dead end on the bow of the boat and then backup in the ferry approximately 100 feet. I had a guide on each side at the front of the motor home and one in the back. The one guide told me not to worry he wouln't let anything happen to the motor home or otherwise he would have to fill out a lot of paperwork. It took about 45 minutes to Shagway, Ak. and then I drove off the...

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Jun 12, 2012 - living history

Local Tlingit Indians lived in nearby Dyea, long before Skagway was a town. They knew a route over the mountains which they used to trade with other tribes who lived inland. They called it the Chilkoot trail and this trail was one of two choices aspiring miners used to make their way over land to Lake Bennett where they built boats they sailed to Whitehorse and on to the Yukon gold claims. The Chilkoot route was shorter and steeper that the route from Skagway over White Pass. As miners poured into the area, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police...

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Jun 12, 2012 - missing the train

Skagway might no longer exist if it weren’t for the White Pass & Yukon railroad. The tracks were built to transport the gold miners into the Klondike during the gold rush. Until it was finished each miner was supposed to transport the 2,000 pounds of supplies he would need to stake and work a claim on his back or on an animal’s up steep mountainsides. After the gold rush came to and end, the train was still a good way to transport good brought in and out of the port by ships and in the 1930’s, tourists discovered the area and taking the...

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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 - 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 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 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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