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Aug 15, 2017 - Skagway - Second Shore Excursion

The next day we woke up in Skagway. Skagway is a beautiful port. We had a late afternoon excursion scheduled so we decided to take a tour of Skagway. We hopped aboard a bright yellow sight seeing bus from 1920's. The tour guide was dressed in clothing from the era and her narration depicted the town from the advent of the gold rush. Much more interesting than walking the tourist shops in town. Although we did stop at a few shops after the tour. We learned about a very bad man from Creed, Colorado that was one of the first scam artists in...

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Jul 7, 2017 - Celebrating 40 Years and North to Alaska

We left Sechelt about 6:20 am on June 23, stopping at Java Docks in Madeira Park for a breakfast wrap on the way. We ate it at the Earls Cove ferry terminal. The ferry was right on time and we left at 8:25. This is a lovely 50 minute ferry ride - lots of green, some snowy mountains and a big waterfall. We stopped to visit a friend at Bootlegger in Powell River then headed for the ferry terminal there. The ferry is a new one with loading a bit of a challenge for ferry staff. There is a lower car deck that is accessed by a ramp that raises...

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Jun 25, 2017 - Skagway

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – USA chapter Alaska has to say about Skagway: Skagway was a gold-rush town infamous for its lawlessness. In 1887 the population was two; 10 years later it was Alaska’s largest city, with 20,000 residents. Today Skagway survives entirely on tourism and gets packed when a handful of cruise ships pull in and thousands of passengers converge on the town as if the Klondike gold rush was still on. Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park A seven- block corridor along Broadway St that...

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Jun 24, 2017 - White Pass/Yukon Route RR

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad website has to say about its history. It’s a fascinating story, and if you want to read more about it, here is a link: Visit WP&YR “The White Pass & Yukon Route climbs from sea level in Skagway to more that 3,000 feet at the Summit in just 20 miles, and features steep grades of almost 3.9%. The tight curves of the White Pass called for a narrow gauge railroad. Building the 110 miles of track was a challenge in every way. Construction required cliff hanging turns...

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Jun 18, 2017 - Ferry to Skagway

Had a great walk through town early in the morning. Saw lots of boats at the harbor. Drove around town and to Chulkoot Lake before heading to ferry. Watched everyone loading into the ferry (They made all trailers back in). Abby was so scared she set in Mom's lap. Took a nice walk around Skagway and hiked to a view point. This 10 miles or more day is killing us!! We need a vacation from our parents!!! Off to Canada tomorrow.

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Jun 12, 2017 - Detour to Skagway, Alaska (6/6/17)

On a whim, we decided to leave the Alaska Highway for a few days and drive the South Klondike Highway to Skagway, Alaska. So although we still had several hundred miles to go before we reached Alaska via our planned route, we snuck into the southeastern corner of the state to experience the White Pass Summit rail excursion that had been recommended by other travelers. On the way we stopped at Johnson's Crossing Lodge for the best cranberry-raspberry scone EVER. Skagway served as one of the main starting points for those seeking their...

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Alaska Or Bust 2017

Sep 26, 2016 - Week 24 9/19-9/25 YEA! Porksteaks

Week 24 9/19-9/25 I forgot about the coin pickup with the forklift. My son, Jason, brags about being able to pick up a quarter with a forklift. So, of course this first time I get to use a forklift I had to try it. I didn’t have a quarter so I used a nickel. I tried to upload a video of it to this site but it’s too large so you’ll just have to take my word for it. I do have video of it that I was able to upload to Facebook. I think I also forgot to mention that the Klondike Doughboy was selling used pants. Their post on Facebook said for...

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OTR with M and R

Aug 27, 2016 - Skagway, AK

Aug 27-30 Skagway, AK Skagway,AK is one of the most interesting towns of our trip. This day we travel 272 miles for another 8 hour day. Many of us have seen Skagway but only the first 4 blocks of the town when we were on a cruise ship. This trip we got to see the rest of it and much more history. Skagway is where most of the Yukon Gold Rushers climbed the two passes to get to Dawson City. The town of Dyea is at the foot of the Chilkoot Trail and the Tlingit Natives used the trail to trade with other inland tribes for several centuries...

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Aug 17, 2016 - Day 52 Skagway

Day 52. Garden City RV. Went on a hike this AM.....a serious hike! VERY steep and full of tree roots and rocks. also wet. Made it a half mile to the top, decided to turn around rather than going down other side then back up and down again. Really pretty with moss covering everything. Then went and took a mile walk around an old town. That was kind of boring as there's really nothing left. There were a ton of tour groups..hiking, biking, scootering, rafting, and horseback riding. These tour companies do a booming business. Last day in AK....

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Alaska...Again 2016

Aug 17, 2016 - Week 19 We're going to Juneau!!!

Another delayed entry. Margie found two coffee cups in the warehouse that had broken handles. My mother would be so proud to know that I glued them both back together and am now using one for my morning coffee. I should have taken pictures before I glued them. The pictures are all of the same cup. There are four different pictures on them. Monday I don’t know if I mentioned any of this before, but when I sold my house I was told that as part of the closing costs I would need to include an amount for the Metropolitan Sewer District. I...

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Aug 16, 2016 - Day 51 Skagway

Day 51 (Garden City RV. Got up and into town to the Visitor Center. Then shopping. Lots of shops and people. There were about 3 or 4 big cruise ships in port. Really crowded. It was 17 blocks to town. Fudge shop. Back to RV for lunch then back to town for '80's show. Pretty good...musical history of Skagway, complete with can- can girls. A little more shopping and back to trailer. Got in a good amount of walking. Overcast and very windy, but no rain!

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Alaska...Again 2016

Aug 15, 2016 - Day 50 Skagway

Day 50. Garden City RV Park. Washed RV......sort of. Couldn't get both sides of RV with brush...sort of just wet it down to get most of the construction mud off. Then went down to the ferry terminal to wait. Had to be there 2 hours before departure. We were one of the first to arrive and almost the last to board. The crew really helps direct you. The ride was a little over an hour. We were one of the first to depart. Had to back up around a corner and then head out. They very carefully directed us. Then we got a thumbs up from other cars...

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Alaska...Again 2016

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