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Jul 9, 2007 - Carcross, YT to Skagway, AK ~ 32 miles

As I pulled out of Carcross, I noticed that my trailer brakes were not "connected" and did not work. I was a little concerned since we had a 10 mile 9% down grade into Skagway ahead of us. As we descended to the US Border Point, I used the engine break and occasional coach breaks to keep it rolling at a maximum speed of 35-40 mph (the posted limit). After clearing customs, we drove into low level clouds and lost sight of the road and the coach in front of us. I turned on my flashers, fog lamps and slowed to 20 mph - I couldn't even see the...

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Greg's 2007 Odyssey

Jul 7, 2007 - Skagway and Back

So we decided to take a side trip to Skagway, Alaska. We couldn't find anyone to dog sit,so brought Buddy with us and didn't take the cruise. Found out after that the RV site we were staying at would have watched her for us. We are staying at the same place on the way back, so will do the Cruise then. Check out the neat photos of Emerald Lake. Very strange, but very scenic too. Interesting drive to Skagway. Once again the photos don't do justice to the immense scale of things up here. I will be updating again, almost right away, with our...

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Jun 25, 2007 - The Road to Skagway

The trip heading west from Watkins Lake to Teslin was the prettiest part of the Alaska Highway so far. The weather was better too. As a result we had an enjoyable ride with lots of great views (photos) on decent roadway. We stopped for lunch at the Rancheria River Falls turnoff. After lunch we took the short walk down to the falls and found a river colored by tannic acid (photo) much like those in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As we walked the path to and from the falls Sue discovered bluebonnets. This must be Texas! Just before...

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Jun 21, 2007 - Whitehorse Yukon to Skagway, Alaska

I woke up this morning feeling like the first day I left. Full of energy and ready to go. Skagway is only about 2 hours away so I took some time this morning to update the website before leaving town. In the internet cafe I met a guy from Seattle riding a KTM. He had noticed my Horizons Unlimited sticker. He has traveled extensively throughout the world and we had a great little chat. I was able to give him some tips about the trip to Prudhoe. The ride to Skagway was very nice other than the temperature through White Pass which was below...

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Jun 20, 2007 - June 19 - Day 17 & 18

Day 17-18 - June 19 Monday we took the day off - did some needed shopping at Wal-mart and the grocery store. Today we went to Skagway, AK by bus and train. We went from Whitehorse to Carcross by motorcoach. Along the way we stopped at Emerald Lake which is an emerald green in color and is absolutely beautiful with the mountains for a backdrop. We stopped in Carcross for a few minutes. It is so named because this is where the railroad North from Skagway and South from Dawson City met. It is a very small community, but has the oldest...

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Jun 10, 2007 - Day Trip: Skagway, Alaska

We take a morning drive around Haines. John of course finds all the roads along the water. We see our first Golden Eagle! (or Immature Bald Eagle) By 11:00 we are on the Fast Cat to Skagway. Our timing is perfect. There are three cruise ships in town but we see no crowds. We have time for lunch in Skagway before boarding the White Pass Yukon Train. The ride from town to White Pass is spectacular and follows the trail the gold miners took. The scenery is great and the narration gives you a sense of what it was like during the Gold Rush. You...

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Jun 7, 2007 - June 7 Alaska at last

Visited the Whitehorse Visitor Center and saw a film about the Yukon, "As the Crown Flies" Beautiful territory, but I bet Alaska is more beautiful. Went to the "Dunkin Donuts of Canada, Tim Horton's...nothing to write home about. The South Klondike highway to Skagway was awesome. We saw Emerald lake, rainbow like colors caused by the "Mica"[similar to carol] on the bottom of the lake. Then the world's smallest desert just north of Norcross, YK. Took pictures of desert flowers. Then went through the tormented valley, a rocky desolate...

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Jun 6, 2007 - Whitehorse, YT to Skagway, AK

It rained all day yesterday so we postponed our trip to Skagway until today. I did finally get some laundry done. Boy was that expensive - $2.50 Canadian per washer and $1 for thirteen minutes foreach dryer. I had four loads! We got up late this morning - 8AM. Willy tried to wake me at 4, but thankfully, went back to sleep. It is really cool today and damp - about 50 degrees. We left for Skagway about 11. Within just a few miles, we came to a beautiful lake - Emerald Lake. The color is really a beautiful green. Hope my pictures do it...

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May 29, 2007 - Skagway, Alaska

It was a pretty cloudy day with rain now and then on the drive from Atlin to Skagway. Some incredible scenery along the way even though it wasn't the best photo op day. We now have hit the tourists big time! There was one bus after another coming at us loaded with cruise ship passengers on their way to Whitehorse, we guess, to take in the scenery over the White pass. Also, a marked increase in RV's along the road. We have booked a return to this section by train on Friday so we hope that the weather will cooperate on that day and we get a...

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North to Alaska

May 28, 2007 - Skagway

Monday May 28th - Memorial Day - Day 26 - Mile 5546 We began our drive early and spotted a black bear just outside Teslin and got some good photos. We took our second detour off the Alaskan Highway at Jake's Corner turning south onto the Tagish Highway. The Tagish is a good road but strange. The entire road is built on a berm which varies in height from four to twelve feet above ground level - this would not be such a bad thing except that were no shoulders at all - there was also no traffic so perhaps this is not a problem. At Carmack we...

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May 20, 2007 - Skagway, AK

The scenery to Skagway is world class. The travel by caravan is frustrating; in addition, please note the absence of profanity is due only because kinder eyes will be reading this. My level of frustration with the caravan's late starts, 10 minute breaks that last an hour and caravan radio interruptions by females who should be given a treatment of duct tape over their mouths is about to push me over the edge. It took us 10 hours to get to Skagway from Watson Junction. Most of the time we were driving so slowly my engine ran in fourth gear...

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May 16, 2007 - Skagway, AK

Back in the USA -- for about 3 days. The drive south to Skagway is only 100 miles, but goes over a really steep pass. The White Mountain Pass is 10 miles of 8-10% grade with only a stop for the customs station. The area of the pass itself is beautiful, but very snowy. We thought about the Stampeders who climbed this pass on their way to the gold fields just over 100 years ago. They were not allowed into Canada until they had enough supplies to last for a year. This meant repeated 35 mile trips up the mountian packing their goods on their...

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