We love Skagway!!! Even though we got to (almost) sleep thru a 5.8 earthquake (see earlier post). That was exciting Smile

 

Our drive into Skagway was interesting, many of the other Loosey Goosey group didn’t want to do it, they were scared of the roads, long ascents & descents and on top of it, there was a 12kim of gravel… We took it slow and easy and it was a piece of cake. Worth the drive, we had great weather and the scenery was amazing. It was so different than anything we had seen before.

 

It was also about going thru customs (again) since we were leaving British Columbia, Canada into Alaska (for 4 days). It was smooth sailing heading in.

 

We got our bearings, checked out a couple of sights, went down to the marina where the cruise ships come in and decided on what we wanted to do for the other days. Mark N & Sue/Jon Glick were joining us for the next day, so we had a full day to play and then it was a boat ride (next blog post) and a train ride (the next post after that). 

 

So here are the pictures to go along with the drive day and our first full day in Skagway…

 

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Happy Toes as we leave Teslin, BC

 

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reflections along the hwy

 

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more reflections

 

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our critter for the drive, a porcupine

 

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the mountains were just beautiful as we drove

 

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More mountains

 

As we were driving, we saw that there was a suspension bridge that crossed a river (can’t remember the name). I decided it was a kodak moment so we stopped. You couldn’t even LOOK at the bridge unless you paid $18 can for each adult. Oh well, we are on an adventure…

 

 

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Jim applying to be a Canadian Mountie

 

 

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It was cold and windy, Jim wasn’t so excited. This is as far as he would go.

 

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I on the other hand, wanted to cross but Jim wouldn’t let me. He wanted back in the nice warm RV.

 

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around the top of the pass to Skagway, it was a frozen world up there still

 

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Lots of ice on small lakes, snow & clouds but we were lucky, we could see it all. It was all clouded in the next day for the other 2 rigs to come in.

 

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small waterfalls everywhere

 

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it’s official, we are in Alaska, turn on the cell phone, quick!

 

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it’s always interesting to see what over achievers want to do. This bike rider was going up the long incline

 

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another waterfall

 

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our RV pulled over (it was a Kodak moment) so I took a picture of it too

 

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more intrepid riders, they were on the “older” side. More power to ‘em!

 

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Skagway harbor

 

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only one cruise ship in on Sunday

 

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some store shop fronts

 

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Jim & Mark N. in front of Skagway Brewing Co. to do a little beer tasting!

 

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totem poles on the side of a shop

 

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the beer list, the Spruce Tip Blonde is what they are known for and the most sold. I liked the IPA the best Winking smile

 

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Our tasting samples, in the order as the board above

 

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More store fronts

 

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we had dinner at the brewery the following day, the food was excellent!!!

 

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more store fronts, but what is important here is the quilt shop! it was awesome

 

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the lilacs were in bloom

 

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I asked them if they could do Salmon fish & chips (they only had halibut on the menu). They did just for me!!! and they were AWESOME!

 

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this is Mark’s burger, he could barely get his mouth around it, but he managed

 

 

We also drove up the old Dyea road to see if we could find the beginning of the Chilkoot Trail. This is the trail that the gold miners had to trudge up to get to Dawson City from Skagway. The whole story is amazing, so many didn’t make it and once they got there, most of them found that all the gold claims were already gone.

 

 

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Dave/Lois checking out some reading panels along the way

 

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The view from the panels; the miners would ferry up the river when the tide was high

 

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Part of the Klondike Gold Rush Nat’l Historic Park

 

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whimsical stop along the drive

 

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looking at the RV park from up on the cliffs

 

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looking down towards the harbor, lots more cruise ships today

 

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I think the cutest of the tourist transportation in Skagway

 

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The Gold Miners cemetery… locals and miners that didn’t make it were buried here.

 

So far, so great Smile 

 

on to the next adventure!  Kim