Skagway was the first time we actually set foot on Alaskan soil. It's a tiny town that has 862 full-time residents (swells to 2000 residents with summer workers) and has over 700,000 visitors visit every summer. We got to be 8 of them.
|The town is mostly owned by the National Park Service. At least the first several blocks.|
|This was John's 49th State! Hawaii - here we come?!|
|Two youngest taking care of each other down the gangway.|
|Skagway was old fashioned wooden sidewalks reminiscent of the Klondike Gold Rush town that it started as.|
We began our time in Skagway by shopping - as any good tourist would. 🙄 Unfortunately I don't wear bikinis since having 6 kids otherwise I'd be all over this. John was uncomfortable with the speedo but we are headed to Europe afterall soooo...
Fur is in abundance.
The kids all got sunglasses in Skagway and the boys immediately stopped smiling for all pictures. Sunglasses = impenetrability.
|Perusing the 3-D White Pass Rail Pass that we were able to take later in the day. We climbed over 3000 ft. The views were...wow.|
|Skagway is where Jack London visited and was inspired to write his Alaskan novels!|
|I think we were still in the rainforest climate at this point.|
The White Pass Rail. Oh my gosh. Easily the most beautiful this I've ever done. With the possible exception of what we did the day before. It's just glory to glory in Alaska. We climbed 3000 ft over an hour and half. We passed through four separate climates: temperate rainforest, sub alpine, alpine and sub-artic. Even though we basically had an 90 minutes on the train the terrain just kept changing and being a whole new experience.
Standing outside the rail car to get the best views. A little wobbly feeling but it moved slowly enough to be OK. Well, to be honest - I sent the 4 year old back in because I just didn't like the look of the gap on the floor. But again, Alaska! It was my choice to risk or not risk.
|Either alpine or sub-alpine.|
|Those pointy mountains to the right of the background range are the Sawtooth Mountains.|
|If you zoom into this picture you can actually see our ship docked in that tiny bit of water in the middle of the picture.|
|This is the Alpine climate zone.|
|This was part of a 3-mile long glacier lake which was 150 ft. deep at some points.|
|Re-entering the Alpine climate zone.|
|The girls spent most of the time climbing all over their uncle. Good sport!|
|This was Fraser, BC - the end of our route. We went through customs up here (not bad scenery for those customs officials, huh?, boarded our bus and drove back down.|
|Roadtrip AND cruise. All the best worlds.|
|More of the Sawtooth Mountains.|
|Gold panning at a cheesy Gold-mining camp. I don't recommend this one except for the youngest of travelers. And even then...|
|FROZEN Sail-Away Dance Party as we pulled out of Skagway (see the great and fearsome Elsa down there in the middle?) Much joy for the 3 and 4 year old.|