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  • Day16


    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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  • Day141

    Skagway, Alaska

    September 18, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    I continued my journey through British Columbia, crossing the border into Alaska and onto Skagway where I spent the day. It was very busy, and turned out there were 3 cruise ships all in dock. Now, it is more of a tourist destination, especially for the cruise ships. But previously, Skagway was the gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush. It was fascinating to learn all about the gold rush which brought around 100,00 people from all over the world to the Yukon in search of their gold. I treated myself to a yummy lunch in the Skagway brewing company - I had Alaskan Salmon - before heading back to Whitehorse through more clouds!Read more

  • Day10

    Skagway ,Stadt der Goldsucher....

    June 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Kurze Fährüberfahrt von Haines nach Skagway. Leider sind gerade 3 Kreuzfahrtschiffe da und daher ist viel los in der Stadt. Wir sind heute Abend auf einen Recreation Site Campground geflüchtet,schön im Wald mit viel Ruhe! Dazu später mehrRead more

  • Day16


    July 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Skagway (nach dem indianischen Ortsnamen Skagua) ist eine 1897 gegründete Goldgräberstadt am Taiya Inlet. Während des Gold Rush war der Ort Ausgangspunkt für zwei Trails, dem Chilkoot und dem White Pass Trail (53 resp. 69 km lang), in Richtung Klondike Fields, einem der grossen Goldfelder von damals. Die beiden Trails waren aber nur der Anfang einer Reise, die insgesamt gut und gerne 2‘000 km lang sein konnte.

    1898 bis 1900 wurde von Skagway entlang dem White Pass Trail eine 177 km lange Schmalspurbahn bis nach Whitehorse im kanadischen Yukon Territory gebaut, die White Pass & Yukon Railway, die das Erreichen der Goldfelder etwas vereinfachte.

    Heute ist der rund 1´000 Einwohnende grosse Ort eine Tourist Trap erster Ordnung. Jeden Tag legen zwischen vier und fünf Kreuzfahrtschiffe an und überfluten den historischen Bezirk - je nach Grösse der Schiffe - mit 10´000 bis 15´000 Besuchenden. Die meisten befahren dann auch die ersten 32 km der heute nur noch als touristische Attraktion dienenden Eisenbahn bis auf den White Pass und zurück.

    Geht man dann aber den historischen Spuren, die es im Ort überall noch gibt, nach und besucht das lokale Museum und die Ausstellung beim Visitor Center des Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, so kann man nachvollziehen, welche Strapazen all diese Menschen damals auf sich nahmen, um an das ersehnte Gold zu gelangen. Die meisten von ihnen hatten keinen Erfolg oder starben sogar beim Aufstieg in die Goldfelder im harten alaskischen Winter.

    Heute Nacht geht‘s weiter nach Juneau, der Hauptstadt Alaskas.
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  • Day8

    Skagway, AK

    August 20, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    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.
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  • Day7


    May 31, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    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 550 miles 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 those 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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  • Day10

    Skagway - start of Gold Mining in Alaska

    August 28, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Next stop is Skagway - population about 1000 people but 4 cruise ships together and it grows to 12,000.
    We walked the historic main street and then went on a 5 hour trip that followed the path of the early gold for miners to the Yukon.
    The Iditarod Musher Camp (dog sled farm) was very interesting and we really enjoyed our sled ride (even though the sled was a dune buggy!).
    Then a turn at panning for gold and although we didn't strike it rich we both found some gold specks. Enough to make us happy.
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  • Day22

    Lower Dewey Lake, Skagway

    August 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We moored up early in Skagway, but we had a lazy start to the day and got up about 8am. After breakfast, we briefly wandered the town of Skagway again before heading into the surrounding mountains and up the Dewey Lake mountain trail. 500ft above sea level doesn't sound like a lot until you do it. The steep and knackering climb was worth the spectacular views over the lake and the surrounding mountains however. We walked around the whole lake and spent some time just sitting on the shore edge taking in the vastness and quietness such a short (if exhausting) walk from town.Read more

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