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North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway May 18th 2019

Day 13 18 May 2019 Skagway – Alaska White Pass Summit Scenic Railroad We were up early to watch us dock into Skagway as we had an early tour at 9 am. Again breakfast and then off we hopped and walked to the train. Today again we are blessed with the weather as it was sunny and only a few clouds, cool but not cold. We boarded the train which had been restored and was looking amazing. Off we went on this amazing rail journey up to White Pass. The guide explained how it took 2 years, 2 months and 2 days to complete the rail line at a cost of 47 lives. It was built in the earl 1900’s when it was thought to have lots of gold here. The men who worked on the ... read more
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Heading into the tunnel
Enjoying the ride and views

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway September 10th 2018

Check out of our accommodation was at 11am. Google maps told me that pier 91 was just under five miles from our current destination. It is one thing we forgot to ask Jess, the owner, about regarding our departure – the phone number of a decent taxi firm. I was in the process of searching for a local cab firm when, at this point Roisin had a brain storm. ‘Have you ever used Uber?’ she asked ‘No, I replied. ‘I downloaded the App but never been in a position to request a cab from them but I suppose there’s no time like the present’ I opened up the app and hey presto, a map of the area appeared in front of me. I typed in where we wanted to go ... read more
Wow! That was a near miss
The hanging glacier
Chris off to his snooker tournament

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway August 29th 2018

Today was a long day.....up at 7:00, breakfast by 8:00, layering up for a 6 1/2 hour excursion up to Carcross. We had a terrific guide, a young gal named Candace who was very knowledgeable. She worked for Frontier Guiding, one of the private companies that was not affiliated with Holland America. Her company employs 9 people and she said they are looked after quite well but her boyfriend works for an affiliate of Holland America and although he is a guide on the helicopter glacier walks, he only makes minimum wage! When you book a tour through the cruise line, they apparently take 60% right off the top. To start our tour she drove through the entire town of Skagway pointing out all the sights and areas we might want to visit when we got ... read more
Jack made it to the Yukon!
Carcross Desert
Sled dog area

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway July 7th 2018

Tom and I discussed when to take the long trip to Canada and Alaska and when to take another long trip to Asia. Some of our considerations had to do with our 2004 truck and camper – if we left it too long, they’d be unreliable for a wilderness trip. So, knowing that we would want to go to Alaska again, we sold the truck and camper, deciding to wait a few years before buying another camper. We planned a journey to Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, but then started to look at Miss Maggie (her official name is Magnificent Magnolias, believe it or not). She’s 10 and – Tom’s concern – might not be able to jump up into a camper for many more years. Bingo – Alaska and a new camper. For ... read more
Maggie's Road House
Resource Contention
Maggie Loves Children!

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway September 8th 2017

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North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway June 26th 2017

Started the day doing laundry. Met a couple there from Crosby which is 30 miles from Outing. Small world. They were celebrating their 50th anniversary here. Spent the rest of the day exploring Skagway Went out for pizza. Then walked the Broadway and did some shopping. Found some pieces for our mantle. Ended the night at Skagway Brewery.... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway June 26th 2017

Took a train ride to a summit of mountain. So much fun and great scenery. Came home had leftovers pizza. Went to the Brewery to get a growler filled and have a couple and met a very nice young man from Mankato!!! Pretty amazing. Another gorgeous day !! Marine Hwy to Juneau tomorrow. This trip is going way to fast!! ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway June 24th 2017

The scenery and vastness of this state is unbelievable!! Another gorgeous drive thru Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia and back to Alaska. WOW! Skagway is charming, quaint and beautiful. After checking in to our room at Sgt Preston's Lodge we went to the Skagway Brewery for supper. Their spruce tip blonde ale was very good. What a great day. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway June 1st 2017

Just past the halfway point of this cruise, we felt entitled to sleeping in. With the blackout drape closed no daylight filters in from the morning sun. As I write this, it is already the next day, and I just had one of those Ground Hog Day moments as the elevator carpeting reminded me that it is still “Thursday”, the same day that we arrived in Skagway. It’s déjà vu all over again. I urged Sharon to go to the dining room for breakfast because I wanted the spinach/mushroom eggs benedict. Sharon was fine having French Toast. I picked up the “Times Digest” upon entering the dining room, a paper that provides a synopsis of what’s going on in the world, and there are often flavors for different nationalities (such as a Canadian edition), mainly to ... read more
Some of the Painted Ship signs on the rocks by the dock
The Ryndam was Sharon's first HAL cruise in Alaska in 1996 (She had been there in 1986 on the Regent Sea)
Skagway Harbor

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway May 29th 2017

The day didn't start well - the formal dining had closed early and we were forced to use the self service cafeteria for our breakfast. To add to this the sky was slightly overcast - a change from the bright blue skies of recent days. Parts of Skagway are quaint. The town has retained many of its original 1890's buildings, great for the wandering tourist like ourselves!! We opted not to trek to the cemetery to see Soapy Joe's grave, and instead opted for a walk around an adjoining headland that, shock/horror, offered spectacular views. We got back early afternoon and sat out on our balcony enjoying the scenery. The evening was spent looking for John's lost glasses, John having one of the ship's photographer explain how he should change a camera lens and catching up ... read more
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