Larry & Cheryl's 2009 Travels travel blog

Whitehorse to Skagway

White Pass Yukon Railroad to Skagway

Gidget had to share her back seat

. . . and Molly was right at home

Awesome Mountains

Mama Black Bear eating dandilions

Her three cubs ran up a tree

In the cloud layer, a frozen pond

U.S. border into Skagway

Glacier peaks over Skagway Harbor

Skagway Elks Lodge performing Flag Day Ceremony

Waiting by the old train

Lookin up at the Glacier over the harbor

Looking up Broadway St, the main drag

Narrow Gauge Train

Look, I found another "MOOSE"

Glacier above town

A whole building covered in Driftwood

 

Carriage ride, anyone?

Glacial mountains rise above town

Museum

Very colorful shops

 

Totem poles adorn buildings

B.P.O.E. #431 Skagway Elksw

We're headed back north to Whitehorse

 

 

 

 

 

 

We saw the train from Skagway headed back

We were following their bus along the road

 

 

Photo of American Troops in Carcross

Troops in Town

An actual DESERT in Carcross, amazing dunes


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.

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