Bruce & Sue and Bob & Jackie took off on a train & bus ride to Skagway, we took both dogs & drove 110.4 miles one way, in beautiful scenery and sometimes in the cloud layer. On the map photo the train track is RED, highway is in black. We saw the same scenery but we arrived an hour earlier than the train. Only we got to see a Black bear sow eating dandelions on the side of the road, and her 3 cubs ran & climbed a tree when we slowed to photograph them.
The train is the White Pass & Yukon Route Scenic Railway, which is the last remaining narrow gauge train. We all walked around Skagway, lunched and of course, shopped. When we first arrived, we got to see the Elks Lodge performing the Flag Day Ceremony honoring our nation’s flags. I stopped by the Skagway Elks to pick up their pin as I’m trying to see how many I can collect.
As we drove back we followed their bus which made a couple stops, one being at Carcross, YT. This town has the White Pass & Yukon Railroad depot that brought passengers up from Skagway. One of the regiments of the US Army Corp of Engineers came up on that railroad to build their portion of the Alaska Highway. Previously it was a stopping place for the Gold “Stampeders” on their way to the Klondike Gold Fields. In the early years, passengers & cargo switched over to sternwheelers at this port on the Yukon River.
The scenery was gorgeous, filled with snowy peaks, waterfalls, chunks of glacial ice on the roadside, rich blue & turquois waters and even a desert (dunes) near Carcross.