Blogs from Skagway, Alaska, United States, North America


North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway August 27th 2015

This morning we had our 3rdexcursion day in a row – Skagway Alaska. However today is different in that the Sieberts are going on a bus/train tour into the Yukon and we are heading the opposite direction for a Wilderness Adventure. Our group did not need to assemble on the dock until 9:30, so we were able to sleep in for a while before going up to get breakfast. We had another big buffet breakfast and still had plenty of time before our excursion. We decided to go to town to look at some of the stores so we left the ship about 8:45. It turns out that the stores are not as near the pier as we thought they were. Apparently the pier has moved since we were last here eleven years ago. The first ... read more
Two Glaciers
Trre which had been

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway August 27th 2015

Mum, sis and I had survived our two days in Vancouver, now was the big test: surviving, seven nights in the same room on a cruise ship that just so happened to be going through Alaska and BC. I was very much looking forward to this particular trip as Alaska had always interested me. What I had expected and what I saw were two totally different experiences. After we managed to cart our luggage up Hornby St to Canadian Place, we found our way to where checked luggage needed to be stored and where we had to check in. As I had mentioned in my previous blog, I was nervous about my ESTA and going through US customs always made me feel like they would ping me for looking the wrong way or not being clean ... read more
Deck 9 on the Cruise Ship - Vancouver
Recycled Percussion

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway August 22nd 2015

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 ... read more
Skagway Before the Crowds
From our Campsite
Early Morning From Campground

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway July 29th 2015

Riding… Day 9 Left our Historical Guest House in Whitehorse. Gassed up and did a couple of laps of the town to find the Suzuki dealer as we wanted to buy some brake pads. Eventually found it around 1km from our Guest House but after around 5kms of riding!. The parts guy there checked – no genuine pads but sold us a set of EBC aftermarket pads which when we checked didn’t fit. On checking with the parts guy & commandeering the EBC Catalogue we found the correct numbers which he couldn’t. Out of Whitehorse we retraced yesterday’s entry route for 70kms before getting onto a new route passed the historic town of Carcross making for the Canada USA border. Drizzling rain most of the way & very cold as we were at about 700 – ... read more
Ferry - Skagway to Haines

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway May 26th 2015

Although we hated to leave our "favorite campground" in Watson Lake, we headed out at 8:00am with plans to make Skagway by early afternoon. Just 60 miles out of Watson Lake, the scenery again became spectacular. Those reading this blog are probably saying "You've said that before." We'll be saying to each other, as we drive, OMG look at that. Then we come around another bend and say Oh my God, look at that! You could be taking pictures constantly here. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of turnoffs on this highway, so it's difficult to stop and take pictures. We did decide to stop and have lunch in Tagish, as we were going to be turning off the Alaska highway for our side trip down to Skagway, Alaska. We headed southwest, on Route 8 toward ... read more
Looking cute in the Yukon
Tagish, Yukon
Down the Tagish Highway, Rt 8

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway July 9th 2014

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 ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway June 7th 2014

Friday June 6th, 10:24pm Skagway, Alaska Pictures are from Icy straight point. After a sleepless night I was not a fan of my alarm clock this morning but I dragged myself out of the rack and got ready for work. I have almost completely lost my voice so I wasn’t sure how I was going to stand on the pier and direct the moonballs to the busses today but I was ready to give it a whirl. I grabbed all the invoices and everything else I needed and headed for the pier. I was a little confused as I got outside as we were at a different pier today and I wasn’t quite sure where everything was. I bumped into Giorgi and got the scoop and it seemed like an easier dispatch from this pier, good ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway September 6th 2013

Day 38 - Friday August 23 Whitehorse, YT to Skagway, AK 104 miles We turned on to the Klondike Highway headed south the views again were beautiful. We passed Emerald Lake with rainbow-colors resulting from the blue-green light waves reflecting off the white sediment on the lake bottom. The pictures do not do it justice. We also passed Carcross Desert, Bove Island in Tagish Lake, the Yukon/British Columbia border and proceeded to the Alaska border. Before reaching the border we drove the windy roads through the rocky valley of Summit Lake and reached White Pass Summit (3290 ft.). To add to the adventure it was foggy again that day and our visibility around shear cliffs was about 75 feet. We crossed the Captain William Moore Bridge a unique cantilever bridge over Moore Creek spanning a 110 ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway August 19th 2013

Raunchy and rowdy in it's youth, Skagway is now a great place to visit and learn about the history of this region of Alaska. We had a golf cart trip down the pier to the town entry. Skagway has a shuttle bus system for $2 per ride or $5 for an all day on/off pass. We chose the all day pass on the SMART bus and our driver announced that there would be no charge for active or retired military personnel! With our all day pass, we jumped off at the National Park Service office and looked around, but decided to go to the city visitors' center and get a walking tour map. That was a good choice for us and we walked through the city, reading points of interest and talking with local shopkeepers along ... read more
Alaska - Skagway White House
Alaska - Skagway
Alaska - Skagway - Reid Falls

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway September 20th 2012

Writing this while in the Glacier Smoothie and Espresso Cafe in Skagway. Kids have each got a 20oz smoothie and reading comics while mum and dad have a cup of coffee. Caitlin has gone for a thing called the Zinger which has strawberries, raspberries and lemonade and is very tasty. Reuben opted for a thing called the Cabin Fever which contains peanut butter, chocolate and banana. Sounds interesting, tastes disgusting, but obviously not to a 10 year olds less than selective pallet. Now retrospectively, awoke at 7am and quietly lifted the curtain whilst sleeping beauty slumbered on. Found myself eye to eye with a concrete piling and our porthole (is it a porthole when its square and doesn't open) at the top staring out over the wharf. We had docked at Skagway. Needed to wait for ... read more
Famous bar and brothel...
Plaque on the Main Street...

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