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Skagway

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  • Day8

    Skagway, AK

    August 20, 2017 in the United States

    The train arrives at Skagway, a coastal town set at the end of a fjord. There are 2 cruise ships in port today.

    Skagway looks like an old time frontier town but is filled with jewelry stores selling objects that are rarely authentic. It's a tourist trap!

    We have some great haddock and chips down on the wharf at the Alaska Fish Co. There's and old time saloon building/brothel called the Red Onion. It now sells pizzas and does brothel tours for $10 pp. Sidewalks are raised and timber to facilitate walking around in the wet and snow.Read more

  • Day7

    SKAGWAY

    May 31 in the United States

    Another 6.30 am alarm needed for our Skagway experience. Unfortunately, we were informed yesterday that the ride on the White Pass train was cancelled as there had been a rock fall on the line so we were transported up to the White Pass by bus. Fortunately it was another fabulous sunny day with blue skies and a wonderful clear view of the mountains. The road route is in sight of the train track most of the time so we didn't feel so bad about not going by train especially as we were told again how lucky we were to have such a great weather day in Alaska.

    Our guide filled us in on some of the details of the 1897 to 1899 Klondike Gold Rush. In July 1897 the ship, Portland, docked in Seattle with over a ton of solid gold on it bought back by some early stampeder. Tens of thousands of stampeders headed for Alaska to make their fortune in the Klondike goldfields (or so they thought!). There were 2 possible routes either from Dyea, once a Tingits village, using the Chikoot Trail a 33 mile trading route to the interior. This route involved the Golden Staircase, a hellish quarter mile climb gaining 1,000 vertical feet. Alternatively stampeders could arrive via Skagway and take the White Pass Trail, which was 10 miles longer, either with a native guide or pack horse. This route was advertised as "all weather" but sharp rocks and bogs earned it the name of Dead Horse Pass as 3,000 horses died there over the 1897-98 winter. Once the stampeders had completed the initial trail they were still 550miles from the gold fields but by the time they reached this lake area at the beginning of the Yukon river it was winter and they had to camp out until the spring and build boats for the treacherous journey along the river and category 5 rapids. The Canadian police were very concerned about the number of stampeders arriving with insufficient provisions to sustain themselves for the journey and a law was enforced that every person wanting to enter Canada had to have a ton of provisions to sustain them for the journey. Consequently men often had to climb the golden staircase 20 to 40 times to shuttle their goods up to the lakes. Of the tens of thousands who set out many didn't make it, some turned back, some were killed in avalanches on the Chilkot Trail, some drowned in the rapids. The men who did make it to Klondike found there were no claims left and of the very few who did strike gold most still died broke as they gambled away their money or spent it on drink and women!!! In 2 years the Klondike Gold Rush was over.

    Back to us, less intrepid visitors to the area. We stopped at the summit of White Pass were kitted up and given our bikes and started our 15 mile, very scenic decent into Skagway with photo stops en route, a great ride with amazing views.

    In town we grabbed a coffee and huge cream puff - well, we deserved it and it was our 38th wedding anniversary. We visited the National Park visitors centre and watched the introductory film which gave us more information on Skagway and how in its gold rush days it was a lawless city full of bars, brothels, and con men and was once described as hell on earth. On that cheery note we headed back to the ship to change out of our cycling clothes and join our next tour called "Ghosts and Good Time Girls", we were schooled by our very amusing and quick whittled host (a working girl!), how to be street walkers, then progress to plying our trade in a "crib" ( a sort of small shed, often shared by 2 girls and clients with a curtain between the beds for privacy!) our final goal was to 'rise up' (carefully chosen words of our host) to working in the Red Onion Saloon (brothel) charging $5 for 15 minutes - 50% to the madam, 25% to the bouncer and 25% the service provider. In these days it cost $6 a day to live in Skagway and an 'honest' job only paid $3 so 'what was a gal to do?' obviously this 'profession' was the only answer. Our guide had us all role playing crossing the street (several times) to get ourselves noticed - all very amusing. We ended up being told some ghost stories and learning about some notorious residents including 'soapy smith' a mafia style gangster who 'ruled' the town, of course he ended his days in a gun fight, famous 'madams' and some more honourable and kind hearted residents such as Molly Walsh. We visited The Red Onion, drank champagne and went to look at the 'business' area of the establishment. A very entertaining tour giving a real flavour of the rough old days in Skagway.

    We finished off in town by having another coffee and cake and a self guided walking tour of the historic buildings in the Gold Rush National Park.
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  • Day16

    JUNEAU - SKAGWAY

    May 9 in the United States

    Travelled all night on ship arrived Skakway 5:30am 23 degrees Celsius, the northern most point of the Inside Passage once a gateway city for the Klondike gold rush early breakfast,then caught shuttle bus into town. Went back to ship for lunch then 12:45pm caught train and travelled White Pass and Yukon Route 3.5hrs. Caught shuttle bus back into town to find local library which has WiFi. Will caught shuttle bus back to ship leaving 8:30pm for Glacier Bay.Read more

  • Day10

    Skagway, Alaska

    August 21 in the United States

    The novelty of having all these buffet breakfasts has worn off, as today I was craving only porridge. I didn't think I'd ever get sick of all the sauteed mushrooms and baked potatoes but I guess you can have too much of a good thing! At breakfast I spoke to a gentleman who confirmed that the Northern Lights didn't end up appearing last night, so at least I didn't wait up all night to see nothing.

    Most of our group had plans in Skagway but since most of them were so expensive, Ted and I decided to walk around and see what we could find. The most popular option seemed to be the train tour but it was way too pricey. After a short walk into town, we looked around the area just to check out what was available.

    We signed up for a walking tour with the Tourist Information office which seemed to be the only thing on offer. After some more exploring, we found a tour company that offered bus tours to the same Yukon territory where the train went. It seemed like a great option so we signed up for it.

    As we needed our passports for the tour, I had to return to our cabin to get them. I think I misjudged how long it would take, as I ended up running most of the way. Just as I reached the gangplank, I was then told it was only for disembarking - I needed to use another one further away! (Our ship was coincidentally also the furthest one away too). After saying "excuse me" and "sorry" enough times, I managed to finally make it to the bus pick up area, totally puffed out, but with our passports in hand!

    The tour ended up being better than expected, particularly since Alaska again turned on a beautiful day. Despite all my running, the bus tour left late anyway. The majority of the passengers were Aussies and our driver Beverly was really engaging. Firstly we did a quick tour of the town, where she was happy to point out many houses of, as she put it, "negotiable affection"! We then headed along the Klondike Highway towards the White Pass Summit.

    Some of the highlights included the Tormented Valley, Summit Lake and Lake Tutshi, as well as the Yukon Suspension Bridge. At the latter, we had a comfort stop as well as buying coffee and some dill pickle chips (not likely to find them elsewhere in the world)! The fact we have 20-22 hours of daylight here makes the days seem even better.

    Apparently there have been a lot of bushfires here in Alaska too, but it certainly didn't impact our day in any way. It's hard to say whether the bus ride is better than the train since we haven't done both, but we were very happy we did this. I'm pretty sure it was better than our walking tour of Skagway would have been! :-)

    Whilst we were in town, we went to the Skagway Pub for lunch. I had fish tacos, which were pretty small servings. The beer was good though. As the afternoon continued, some clouds rolled in and, for the first time ever on this holiday, we had some wind and rain. It didn't matter though - Ted and I were already walking back to the ship so it didn't ruin our day in any way!

    After having a snooze, we caught up with Stephen and Woody for dinner before heading off to our favourite venue on the ship, the Martini Bar. We even managed to meet some of the travellers from the Pied Piper group there too. After a great day, we all went up to the Sky Lounge for some dancing and drinking before heading off to bed.
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  • Day7

    Cruise Day 5

    June 19 in the United States

    We cruised the inside passage and stopped in Skagway, Alaska where we took a motor coach to British Columbia, Canada. There we had lunch and visited the Yukon Suspension Bridge walking across the swing bridge there were stunning views. From there we took the White Pass Scenic Railway back to Skagway and returned to the ship for a beautiful sunset.Read more

  • Day6

    Skagway into the Yukon

    September 19 in the United States

    The Yukon gold rush of the 1890s brought thousands to this region, mostly men seeking their fortunes, but some women as well. The trip was arduous, conducted on foot and with pack animals—in fact 3000 horses and mules died in the -20 degree winters. The boom ended and now this area is sparsely populated, except for cruise ships.

    We traveled via bus to the Yukon and First Nation lands and via train back to Skagway. Our trip was not as arduous as the gold rush but it was a delight to see how much the family enjoyed it.

    Even Mounties text in their spare time.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Skagway, سكاغواي, Skakvey, اسکگوی، آلاسکا, Սկեգուեյ շրջան, SGY, スカグウェイ, 스캐그웨이, स्काग्वे, Okręg Skagway, 99840, Distrito de Skagway, Скагуэй, Скагвеј, Скагвай, سکیگوے، الاسکا, 史凯威

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