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Skagway, Alaska, United States
Sunday, June 27, 2010

This will be a multi day entry. We got a good start,  early and full of gas, BJ climbed into the back, for a bit more rest, but after a few hours of very distorted road conditions ( dips and humps like asphalt moguls) she gave up and crawled back to the front. Our first stop was at Matanuska glacier. We stopped for a few photos and a slice of the best Rhubarb Pie I have ever had at the Long rifle cafe. Driving through to Tok we spotted a lone cow moose on the side of the road. We stopped and let her cross in  front of us before pulling into the Sourdough campground. Dinner that night was at a joint called Fast Eddies, this place was way nicer than one would expect for this rustic area.


The next day we hit the mother load of photo ops,  A Trumpeter Swan and keeping her young close, a Ground Squirrel Teaching the little ones to watch for danger. A Coyote catching an unwary breakfast. As we drover around Destruction Bay in the west Yukon, I saw what I thought was a pair of strange looking black swans. to my surprise it was a couple of moose swimming across the bay. Another 100 miles or so down the road there was a huge brown mass of fur bounced out of the tree line. BJ pulled to the side of the narrow shouldered road, with the massive Grizzly on her side of the jeep I climbed out my window and layed on atop the wranglers roof rack and snapped away.

After 50 or so pictures the big bear made his way back into the tree line and was gone, WHAT A RUSH.

As we worked our way down the the Gulf of Alaska and the town of Skagway we drove through a surreal landscape of hundreds of still clear lakes small scrub pines and rocks covered with lime green and orange lichens. About 1/2 a mile before we went through US Customs across we came across another porcupine who was making it's way up the bank. Skagway is a very old town built from the Klondike gold rush and it still retains that charm, mostly for the folks off the cruise ships.

Sunday morning we boarded the White Pass & Yukon Railway for a narrow rail trip up through the mountains the was as beautiful as it was unnerving This 4 hour journey took us through 4 tunnels (2 tunnels twice) and along rock hugging cliffs that should be reserved for the likes of mountain goats. Arriving safely we had lunch in town and started getting things ready for tomorrows boarding and a 5 day internet free voyage.

See you in Seattle!

Pictures & Video

Trumpeter Swan and signets
Trumpeter Swan and signets
Matanuska Glacier
Matanuska Glacier
Ground Squirrles Breakfast on the run
Breakfast on the run
From geese to meese
From geese to meese
Comments:
I hope you got video of these two as well. From Diana, on Jul 3, 2010 at 05:34PM
How close is too close
How close is too close
Comments:
OK. How close were you? :) From Diana Bajzek, on Jul 3, 2010 at 05:33PM
I love this pic! AWESOME From Mary Ann, on Jul 7, 2010 at 07:37PM
The road to the sea
The road to the sea
Porcupine retreat
Porcupine retreat
Skagway Ak
Skagway Ak
Comments:
Skagway was one of our stops on our Alaska cruise. We toured the town but obviously not as much adventure as yours. We did Salmon fish there but no luck. Have FUN!!! From Sheldon, on Jun 28, 2010 at 06:43PM
White Pass Yukon Railroad
White Pass Yukon Railroad
Last night in Alaska
Last night in Alaska
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