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August 22nd 2015
Published: August 23rd 2015
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Our trip took us from Haines to Skagway by way of a 45 minute ferry ride. To drive, it would have been 350 miles, but the ferry covered the 15 waterway miles easily. Skagway is definitely a tourist town. Our ferry dropped us off between 4 huge cruise ships that had already docked. We were not going to be alone in this small town. We had a total of 2 1/2 hours before a scheduled train ride, so like everyone else, we shopped and then got something to eat. The town is set up to resemble an old gold mining town, complete with old time store fronts and boardwalks up and down their Main Street.

Our train ride was a 3 hour ride to White Pass Summit, a 40 mile round trip up to an elevation of 8,865 ft. The scenery was interesting, as was the tale of the early gold miners hiking up this pass on their way to the Yukon gold fields. However, I am pretty sure it won't be on my highlight list of things we have done while in Alaska. (Sorry)

We headed out early Friday morning for another 253 miles to Whitehorse. The scenery was beautiful, as you can see by so many of my pictures. We hated to leave Alaska, but it looks like we may drive back to Hyder one night this next week when in Stewart to watch the bears. Right now we are back in the Yukon for a few days. Jim scheduled the motorhome for an oil change this morning. I found it a good time to do some laundry .... which took a pocket full of "loonies".

Tomorrow takes us another 266 miles back to Watson Lake. From there we head south on a new road for us (Iskut, British Columbia) ... no more backtracking.


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