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Published: December 16th 2016
Skagway Saturday, August 13th, 2016 Day 11: Skagway, Alaska – Who let the Dogs Out and Just Deserts!
The start of our white pass journey
Today we stopped in Skagway, Alaska the gateway to the Yukon. Skagway, sprang to life in 1897 during the Klondike gold rush. The famous White Pass and Yukon route railway was built in 1900 to move gold and supplies between Skagway and Whitehorse, Yukon and beyond.
The train today is used as a seasonal attraction for visitors providing the history of the gold rush between Skagway, Alaska and Bennet, British Columbia. Since the train ride is quite expensive, Renata and I decided to take a coach tour instead.
We traveled along the scenic Klondike Highway to the Yukon, passing several waterfalls, the White Pass summit, and picturesque lakes.
In the Yukon at Caribou Crossing, we had a delicious BBQ homemade meal and then it was time to meet the dogs.
Dog mushing is Alaska’s state sport. Alaska huskies are bred and trained to be incredible long distance runners. On our unique dog sledding ride, we learned about the different positions of the dog sledding team. There are lead
Welcome to Skagway
dogs, swing dogs, team dogs and wheel dogs. We also met a musher who described what it takes to race the 1, 00 mile races such as the Iditarod and Yukon Quest. We had a little time to cuddle the cute Alaskan puppies before we had to continue our journey.
Our last stop was Carcross, Yukon home of the Carcross/Tagish First Nations and a desert in the middle of nowhere. That’s right, there is a desert in the Yukon! Carcross desert is the smallest desert in the world.
Tomorrow, we head on a scenic cruise of Glacier Bay. I hope I get to see some wildlife and ice calving.
Tot: 0.337s; Tpl: 0.019s; cc: 8; qc: 48; dbt: 0.011s; 1; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.3mb