Thursday, August 21, 2014

Alaskan Cruise Day 5: Skagway, Alaska

Our excursion wasn’t to meet until 8:15am, so even though we docked at 7:00am, we slept in a bit before getting breakfast at Garden Café. 
 We met briefly in Stardust Theater until our tour was called, and then we disembarked and got on our tour bus.  Our driver was Doug for the day, and he did a wonderful job leading our tour up to Yukon Territory.  There were about 24 of us for the day.  
 We drove up Klondike Highway all the way to Yukon.  
  The views we saw were beautiful all the way up and down the highway.

 We made several stops  on the way up including our lunch stop!  It was a cute café with a small buffet of sandwiches, fruit and pie J 
 After lunch we stopped at Carcross Desert, the smallest desert in the world.  
 Then we saw Emerald Lake, which had colors to match its name.  It was breathtakingly beautiful! 
   We headed to Carcross for about an hours stop.  We started off with Josh's first international cache find!!!  
 BEAUTIFUL view from the little beach area in Carcross
 This sign was so cool!
 Josh and I found a few geocaches which allowed us to do a quick walking tour of the cute, small town.  Almost most importantly, we got our passports stamped!  We got back on the bus and began our drive back to Skagway with plenty of scenic stops along the way.  Doug’s interests in history, geology, photography, and the general area made for such an interesting day.  
 Bove Island
Doug told us all about the history of Skagway and how it’s origination was linked to the goldrushers heading north.  We learned that the journey to pan for gold included much more than just a strong desire for the gold.  People wanting to go into Canada to pan for gold had to not only make the physical journey, but had to have WITH them enough goods to last a whole year!  He told us about a few specific people and their journeys.  At one point, we were able to see remnants of one of the camps that sprung up along the trail where travelers could rest and regroup.  
And excellent stop for photo ops with the British Columbia sign...
...and the Yukon sign!

Man in his element :)

The whole reason for our trip!
We love waterfalls :)
We saw the train based out of Skagway, and when we finally got back into town, we got off the bus in downtown Skagway.  Josh went to do some more geocaching while I meandered around and bought the rest of the souvenirs I was looking for.  
Train going through town
We got back on board for all aboard time at 5:00, and Josh was quick to snag one of the super-comfy seats in Spinnaker Lounge and got some great shots of the scenery as we sailed away from Alaska.
At 7:00, we all met to have Teppanyaki at the Japanese Steakhouse specialty restaurant.  It was a really fun show with delicious food!  

After dinner we played a fun game in O’Sheehans and had some more dessert and drinks.  Josh, Mom, Larry and I wandered down to the casino and chatted and gambled for a while before heading to bed...

....and saw this Towel Bunny!

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