We arrived in Skagway for our final stop in Alaska and planned to take a bus out to the Yukon. Then we were taking the train back to Skagway…yes, the famous White Pass Railway. We were so excited to see the train as we rode on the bus out of town.
As we left Skagway, we were shown an old-time style “billboard”. Advertising used to be painted on the rock side of the hill.
Our first stop on the bus tour was to see an unusual suspension bridge that spanned a massively deep crevise.
Then we traveled through the Alaska wilderness that was the death of some of the gold rushers. Desolation Valley fascinated me. Dark, stark and unforgiving…and lots of snow in early June. Brr-rrr-rrr-rrrr.
And the Inukshuk (the rock-man) showed us that there was safe passage the way we were traveling!
We saw a grizzly bear (looking for dandelions).
Another black bear was spotted on our train-ride back, but he was faster hiding behind bushes and I didn’t get to snap his picture.
This was the end of the rapids in the river that runs alongside the Klondike Highway. I’m glad I was in the nice, warm (and dry) train looking out at this beautiful sight.
We headed back to the ship (late) and began our trip back to the mainland US (with a detour to Victoria, British Columbia as our final excursion stop). Alaska left me with the realization that there IS wilderness still out there. After living in a major US city for so long, it was nice to get away and see wildlife and stunning views that just didn’t translate completely to photographs. During the gold rush, the men and women who trekked through the landscape we saw from a warm bus and warm train must have been made of sterner stuff than I.