We're Going North - North to Alaska travel blog

Haines Welcome Totems

More Carved Totems

Remnants of Old Steam-Powered Crane

This is Near Ft. Seward

Beautiful Little Gallery

Former Army Post Hospital at Ft. Seward

Some of the Interpretive Signs

Historic Building in Ft. Seward...Joe liked the Car

The Old Firehall

Commemoration Plaque

Hotel Halsingland in former Officers' Quarters

Welcome to Fort Seward Sign

Clouds Blanketing the Glacier

Chilkat Inlet

Chilkat State Park Sign

Hannah's Surprise Moose

Clouds, Glacier & Waterfall


We had a pretty lazy morning with a late breakfast. It was pretty dull and cloudy so I used the time to do some catch-up with my family in Ireland; we need to make the most of the good mobile phone signal while we have it. Then we did a grocery run to IGA and prepared a roast for dinner. Between all of that, I got a couple of loads of laundry washed and dried and Joe washed the Jeep. By then, we were ready to do some sightseeing.

Just out of town is Fort Seward. In 1903, the U.S. Army established its first post at Portage Cove. For 17 years between 1923 and 1939, the post, renamed Chilkoot Barracks in commemoration of the gold-rush route, was the only military base in Alaska. Following World War II, the post was closed down and the buildings are now privately owned. The complex is a National Historic Landmark. Soldiers held drills and formations as well as parades on the sloping Parade Grounds. Interpretive signs detailed the historic buildings and their function in their heyday. The former hospital is now home to Alaska Indian Arts, and behind this building is "Soapsuds Alley", some small houses inhabited by the non-commissioned officers whose wives did washing for the men........hence the name. The Hotel Halsingland is now in the buildings which were once the Bachelor Officers' Quarters and Captain's Quarters. Many of the buildings are in need of major repair and we were both drooling at the idea of what could be done to restore them. One of the buildings reminded me of the house where I lived in Massachusetts in the late 1960's.

From there we just took a drive out Mud Bay Road. This is a nice short scenic drive to Chilkat State Park. The Rainbow and Davidson glaciers were a little obscured with the low cloud cover but it was still a nice ride. At the end of the road, we got Foxy out for a walk and Hannah almost had a heart attack when she turned around and came face-to-face with a moose who emerged to have a snack on the side of the road. Foxy and the Moose ignored each other.

By the time we returned, our dinner was cooked and we were hungry. We are in for a relaxing evening; we take the boat to Juneau tomorrow.

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