Docked early in Scagway. Very low cloud everywhere - were thinking of doing the train to White Pass - but after getting off ship and talking to some people decided to do a small tour group by bus up to White Pass - train seemed a rip off $127.00 return, and the train travelled directly on the opposite side of the valley. So pleased we did the small group tour, there were eight of us, and we had a really (Harry Butler style!!) fantastic tour, Ron has lived up here for 15 years and is so into nature and the wild, treks a lot, he took us to the most amazing spots right up into the mountains, didn't see any bears but that was OK we had our bear fix down in Canada. Went for a couple of walks and he pointed out all the gorgeous flora that is popping up everywhere after the melting of most of the snow - he was so interesting and so passionate about this area which he loves so much! Crossed over back into Canada and then returned to port after 3hrs on the go! Interesting that billboards are banned in Alaska, quite a refreshing
change, but the businesses get around this by promoting themselves painted on the rocks surrounding town. Then John and I did a big walk around Scagway, over the footbridge and around the mountain surrounding Scagway, so pretty but rugged up as it was misty rain! The wild roses were just amazing, the smell to die for! There were five ships in port today. Enjoyed our day in Scagway but boy what a rugged place to live! Shortest day of the year is 21st Dec, 16 minutes of daylight!!! Cruises only come here May to September!
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