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Published: June 20th 2008
One of the spectacular sights to see along the South Klondike Highway
Leaving Whitehorse and the Alaska Highway behind, for the last time this trip, we traveled down Alaska Route 2, the South Klondike Highway toward Skagway. This drive is one of the most scenic drives in North America. The road follows lakes and streams as it winds through valleys and over the mountains.
Emerald Lake is just that, a lake that looks like it is emerald green. It glistened today in the sunshine as we stopped to marvel at it’s wonder. Soon we came to “The Smallest Desert in the World”, the Carcross Desert. The area was once covered by a glacial lake. When the glacier retreated, the sand that was left behind is being constantly blown around by the winds off of Lake Bennett, and nothing will grow in it.
Next stop was in the small town of Carcross which lies on the shores of Lake Bennett. There are a lot of old log cabins in Carcross and an historic train station. There is such rich history in this area because of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897-1899. Stampeders, as they were called, took a ship up from Seattle and landed in either Skagway or Dyea, where they
then climbed over the mountains on their way to Dawson City to stake their claims on the gold. Many had to camp on the shores of Lake Bennett to wait for the spring thaw so they could then sail there boats down the Yukon River to get to Dawson.
Bove Island, Summit Lake and everywhere else along the Windy Arm, kept our sense of sight mesmerized by it’s wondrous beauty. Driving this scenic highway is truly spectacular and I only wish that the pictures that I took could convey the breathtaking beauty that surrounded us.
Once over the White Pass it was downhill all the way into Skagway, at up to an 11% grade for about 11 miles. Looking to the left you could see where the railroad tracks sat along the granite rocks of the mountainside. Goad Falls, about 3,000 feet tall, actually passes under the tracks. At one point on the highway you could see the cruise ships that were sitting in the harbor about 5-6 miles away.
While we are in Skagway, we will be staying with my son-in-law, Erol at his home. He greeted us warmly as we walked into his store, The
Loom, when we arrived into town. I have spent a lot of time in Skagway with Erol and my daughter, Suzanne and my granddaughters, Sahara, Asya and Sofia. Unfortunately for Dave and I, the girls are in Turkey while we are in Skagway. This is Dave’s first time here and he thinks it is “cool”.
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