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  • Day16

    Skagway

    September 14, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    What a way to start the day - breakfast in a brothel. 😳
    The famous Red Onion Saloon in Skagway put on a basic breakfast, while we had breakfast the girls did some story telling of what life was like in the 1890’s. This was followed by a tour of the establishment.
    There’s original wallpaper from 1898. The story goes that every working girl chose the wallpaper for their room, so every time a new girl started another layer of paper was added. One sample of wallpaper was really thick.... turn over was high 😉

    What makes today fabulous is the sun is out and it’s gorgeous. 🌞🌞

    After breakfast we’re on a driving tour of the town - a whole 6 blocks. We stop at the Museum then the gold rush Cemetery. A brisk walk up to Reid Falls was worth it (mind you I wasn’t saying that on the way up the track 🥴). We then drive up to the lookout - wow, it’s magnificent.

    We drive past all the colour coded churches & bars. Most people were illiterate back in the day so buildings were colour coded to help guide residence & visitors.

    We then decide to stay in town so we can walk around in the gloriously sunshine & take some touristy photos. The buildings are maintained and look awesome and there’s a snow blowing train that is still capable of working. Lots of shops and you have to work out which ones aren’t owned by the cruise ships, we prefer to support the locals directly.

    We track down the Westmark Inn, this was called the Klondike Hotel - where dad stayed in ‘77. A complete refurbishment happened 4 years ago so apart from the facade everything has changed.

    There’s no chemist, no hospital & no doctor- basically the locals don’t get sick otherwise it’s a long and exorbitant costing trip to get help. Newspapers are flown in and arrive in the afternoon.

    We’ve visited all the cross itinerary places now. 💖

    Back on the boat for a late lunch and an arvo nap 😴
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  • Day17

    Glacier Bay

    September 15, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Spectacular ridge lines and glaring sunshine is is all we can see this morning.
    We’re cruising slowly through the magnificent Glacier Bay. I’m out on the verandah enjoying the stunning sunshine pondering..... actually I’m just sitting back taking it all in.

    I’ve just seen a couple of killer whales breach the water just as the “First Nations people” are drumming and singing... I can’t see them just hear them in the distance. The air is crisp and the day is glorious - it’s a wonderful experience to treasure.
    Glacier Bay is breathtaking
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  • Day15

    North to Akaska

    September 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    The internet is very hit and miss so we can only cross our fingers that the posts update properly.

    It’s very quiet onboard, I’m told there’s only 1,300 people aboard, capacity for the ship is 1,432. It’s a small cruise ship compared to the others.

    We’re due to dock in Juneau early this afternoon. We’ll take a wander around then we’re booked in for the Salmon Bake @ 5pm. All you can eat Salmon, Lachlan’s very excited.

    But before all the lovely Salmon we listen to the cruise director talk about Skagway History - Dreamers, Schemers & Stampeders. Facinating history this little state has. I love they way they refer to the other US states as “the lower 48”.

    We’ve had a light lunch and decide to disembark the Ship....WOW, it’s raining bears & moose’s- we wait 20 minutes and it’s clear enough to venture out. Mums all dressed up like red riding hood.
    It’s worse than Melbourne - almost terrestrial rain then it stops for 5 minutes then down it comes again with gusty winds too boot.....
    We do a little souvenir shopping then decide this is crazy & head back to the ship.
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  • Day18

    Ketchikan

    September 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    As expected it’s raining in Ketchikan, oh and a little chilly. We docked at 10am so a leisurely breakfast before we rug up and disembark.
    We’ve booked to see the Lumberjack show. So once we avoid all the puddles and rain we make it to the venue. The show is very entertaining and has us in stitches. There’s hundreds of people in the bleaches so we wait for them to disperse before we leave. Mum starts to chat to the compare and drops the name - Jack O’Toole. For those playing along at home Jack is the Australian champion woodchopper from the 60’s & his son & grandson are champions as well. Jack was Mums Mums cousin....
    Anyway all the Lumberjacks came running over to meet mum because Jack O’Toole’s relative from Australia has come to see their show.
    These men were excited, one even hugged mum he was so excited. They all wanted a photo with mum, YOHO.
    One young man was from Tamworth and was overwhelmed because there was someone from Australia with logging history talking to him.... I’d say he was a little home sick.

    We leave and head down to Creek Street, the famous houses on stilts. There’s too many tourists so we have a quick look then head to the local cafe. I’d looked the cafe up earlier and thought how appropriate and we’ll have to make time to go.
    Pioneer Cafe is significant on two counts in my eyes
    1. It’s a traditional diner and there’s not many of them left
    2. Dad worked for Ansett Pioneer so the last hoora before our trip ends.

    Lachlan can’t get over the fact that the drinks keep getting topped up and it doesn’t cost extra. Tea, coffee & soft drinks that are bottomless.... 😳
    Mum orders “Shrimp & French Fries”. Lachlan an “Alaska Burger & French Fries” & I get a cheese burger with mushrooms & a side of fries. Lachlan’s burger is nearly as big as his head and did an awesome job at eating it. The staff smile every time they walk past. I don’t think they thought he’d finish it.
    We start to wander back to the ship and surprise, surprise the heavens open up. We’d had enough of the tourist shops so the quicker we get back the better. We’re a little wet and one umbrella didn’t survive the wind so that’s been donated to the local rubbish bin.
    Back on the ship to dry out and relax. We sail this afternoon & tomorrow then disembark the day after. Enjoying every moment of this trip.

    Wonder what the poor people are doing 💙
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  • Day7

    Fairbanks

    July 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Heute ging es nach Northpole um den Weihnachtsmann zu besuchen . Dann weiter zum Trans-Alaska-Pipeline-Viewpoint, wo man einen Teil der Öl-Pipeline sehen kann, die quer durch Alaska führt. Danach weiter in den Howling Dog Saloon, der wirklich sehenswert ist. Dort kann man unter vielen Biersorten aussuchen, Dollars kleben an der Wand und Büstenhalter unter der Decke. Anschließend noch lecker Steak vom Grill auf dem Campground! Alles perfekt!
    Am nächsten Tag haben wir unseren Flug über den Polarkreis gebucht. Mittags fliegen wir in einer 9sitzigen Maschine los und überqueren bereits nach 45 Minuten den Polarkreis. Ein aufregendes Erlebnis, auch wenn stellenweise durch viel Rauch getrübt, da es ziemlich viele Waldbrände gibt. Angekommen in Coldfoot, immer noch 30 Grad, machen wir uns in einer kleinen Gruppe auf den 10stündigen Heimweg über den Dalton Highway. Wir überqueren den Artic Circle zu Fuß und können uns trotz nicht so ganz bequemen Straßen an wunderbaren Naturlandschaften erfreuen. 3Uhr in der Nacht sind wir müde, aber zufrieden wieder auf dem Campground.
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  • Day13

    Anchorage

    July 12, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    In Anchorage angekommen, erkunden wir zunächst die Stadt, die mit 300.000 Einwohnern die größte in Alaska ist. Man findet alles was man kaufen kann in Shops und Mails, man behauptet, sehr günstig hier, aber ich weiß nicht so recht...
    Wunderbar ist es, am Fluss den Lachs-Anglern zuzuschauen und die Lachse bei ihrem Weg stromaufwärts zu beobachten. Ein anschließendes Essen im Bridge Seafood ist echt empfehlenswert. Ich habe dort traumhafte Kings Crab gegessen.
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  • Day17

    Byron Glacier

    July 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Endlich ein halbwegs klare Sicht! Wir sind aus einem total bewölktem Seward abgefahren und erreichen nach gut einer Stunde Fahrt den Fußweg zum Byron Gletscher. Ein sehr schöner Blick auf den Gletscher erwartet uns und auf diesen Gletscher kann man sogar raufgehen.Read more

  • Day18

    Hatcher Pass

    July 17, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Am Hatcher Pass gibt es eine stillgelegte Mine zu besichtigen. Dort kann man sich das Leben und Arbeiten der Minenarbeiter anschauen, wie sie dort gelebt, gearbeitet und verpflegt worden sind. Um die Mine herum gibt es schöne Wanderwege.Read more

  • Day24

    Fahrt nach Haines

    July 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Heute sind wir eine große Tour gefahren, um Haines zu erreichen. Unterwegs gab es die größte Goldwaschpfanne nebst einem kleinen Museum in Bureash Landing zu besichtigen. Dort kann man viel über den Bau des Alaska Highway erfahren. Vorbei am wunderschönen Kluane Nationalpark kommen wir auf den Haines Highway. Dort wechseln sich Wälder, Seen und Gletscher ab. Ein Ausblick schöner als der andere.Read more

  • Day14

    Puffins

    August 21, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Here in the centre are Horned and Tufted Puffins, 2 of the 3 species of Puffin. A small bird, they dive for their food and are very fast underwater. They live in huge colonies along the edge of cliffs.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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