Previously, on the Alaska trip...
Alaska Photo Highlights
Setting Sail from Seattle, the Sunny
Cruising to Juneau
So did you guess that the weird-looking contraption in the Photo Preview post...
The National Park Service has buildings throughout the town set up to display what life was like.
Seriously, though the displays were pretty good overall. This house was restored to look like it did during that time period. These people were packrats! I didn't take any pictures inside the house, but one room had a display of brightly beaded moccasins...nailed up on the wall, over VERY busy wallpaper. =)
They did have a great view, though.
We did not go on the White Pass Railway, which pretty much EVERYONE ELSE did. Instead, we hung out, sampled some local cuisine (I had a pumpkin cookie which I pretty much could have eaten a dozen of), and made our way to...
We sat in the front row, and when this charming gentleman came out on stage, he asked me where I was from.
If you go to Skagway, see this show. It's unfortunate that a lot of guests probably got on the railway, missed all the shows, and got right back on the ship. These actors and actresses had been on national tours, and the pacing of the show was great.
Also: Audience participation.
After the show, we went on a van tour of the same valley the railroad winds through. We had wanted to go earlier in the day, but this worked out great because it ended up being a private tour for just the two of us!
One advantage of the van tour is that you get to stop and get out and wander around (which you clearly can't do while on a train).
The other advantage is that you can actually see the train! We also could see some of the actual path that the prospectors took to Dawson just below the train...it pretty much follows the original route.
It was chilly, but the views were totally worth it. Make sure you check out the cool bridge in the background, which is designed to move with the tectonic plates!
Parts of the landscape almost looked like the surface of the moon.
The Spring thaw meant that running water was everywhere, even up here at the summit.
Will you believe me when I tell you that these trees are over a hundred years old? We had a great guide who answered all our questions.
These are the kinds of crazy questions you ask when your Dad was a Forestry major in college. ;)
|Skagway, the starting point for the gold rush, gave us history, some aerobic exercise, and more great landscapes.|