ALASKA

July 30, 2009

Skagway and White Pass

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Chilkoot Trail of the Gold Rush Miners

Thursday, July 30, 2009 is our day in Skagway, Alaska. Traveling near the Chilkoot Trail of the gold rush miners, we went by bus north to Carcross in the Yukon Territory of Canada. As the Klondike Highway crossed the northern portion of the railroad, we saw the old log cabin where the gold miners had a weigh stop to make certain that they had enough provisions to be allowed into the Yukon. (The railroad north of Fraser was washed out this year.) You can see the National Park Service Map here. We stopped at the world’s smallest desert and went on to view Emerald Lake. Then we had lunch at the Caribou Crossing Trading Post. (Don’t be taken in by the fake Dall sheep up on the mountain.) Then on our way back, at Fraser on Route 2 (the South Klondike Highway), we boarded the White Pass Yukon Route train returning south to Skagway.

Heading into Skagway Harbor

Heading into the harbor at Skagway, Alaska

How big does a cruise ship get? Too big.

How big does a cruise ship get? Too big.

The Malispina Ferry awaits for cars to load.

The Malispina Ferry awaits for cars to load.

The Veendam docked at Skagway, Alaska

The Veendam is docked and we wait for our bus.

We took the bus north and the train south through the valley.

We took the bus north and the train south through the valley.

Our mode of transfer - Ugh!

Our mode of transfer - Ugh!

A one-ended bridge - supposedly earthquake proof.

A one-ended bridge - supposedly earthquake proof.

The requisite Yukon photo entering the Territory

The requisite Yukon photo entering the Territory

The roadway follows a really long lake.

The roadway follows a really long lake.

We stopped at the world's smallest desert.

We stopped at the world's smallest desert.

Desert Photo by Annie

Desert Photo by Annie

Visited Emerald Lake

Visited Emerald Lake

A bird's eye view of the lakes.

A bird's eye view of the lakes.

Had a Gluten Free Chicken Barbeque lunch

We had a Gluten Free Chicken Barbecue lunch

Barbeque Chicken and Baked Potato

The Caribou Crossing Trading Post Cook

Cole Slaw and Tea or Coffee

Cole Slaw and Tea or Coffee

Petted the Husky Puppies

Petted the Husky Puppies

Canadian Customs

Canadian Customs at Fraser




And hopped a train south from Fraser back to the USA

Then we rode the train south from Fraser back to the USA

The run STEAM on Wednesdays - this is Thursday

WPYR runs STEAM on Wednesdays - this is Thursday

A wretched place for farming or gold digging.

A wretched place for farming or gold digging.

Rocks in every direction!

White Pass has rocks in every direction!

It has some beauty - at least in the summer.

It has some beauty - at least in the summer.

Snowy mountains, rocks and pools.

Snowy mountains, rocks and pools.

All photos taken from a MOVING train!

All photos taken from a MOVING train!

Moving right along, me on the car's platform.

Moving right along, me on the car's platform.

That's a rickety looking bridge!

That's a rickety looking bridge!

I don't think so!

I don't think so!

Noooooooo!

Noooooooo!

Got past that one!

Got past that one!

The cruise ships below in Skagway.

The cruise ships below in Skagway.

Shows the railroad down and the bus road up.

Shows the railroad down and the bus road up.

Absolutely hundreds of photos like this!

Absolutely hundreds of photos like this!

Another train follows us down!

Another train follows us down!

The cruise ships seen from a lower elevation.

The cruise ships seen from a lower elevation.

Almost back after a long day.

Almost back after a long day.

The White Pass Railroad Locomotives

The White Pass Railroad Locomotives

Annie gor the Engineer's tour inside the cab!

Annie got the Engineer's tour inside the cab!

Cruise ship heading out at dusk with the moon above.

Cruise ship heading out at dusk with the moon above.

A close-up as the moon sets behind the mountain.

A close-up as the moon sets behind the mountain.

Haines, Alaska as we pass by in the land of the midnight sun.

Haines, Alaska as we pass by in the land of the midnight sun.

NPS Map of the Chilkoot Trail

NPS Map of the Chilkoot Trail


For more on the Railroad, see my earlier page on White Pass.

Next Page: Glacier Bay National Park.

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