Monday, July 05, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010 Skagway

Another early start as we were boarding the White Pass & Yukon Train for a scenic ride to White Pass Summit from Skagway at 8:10am.  This train follows the route of the Klondike gold rushers in 1897 from Skagway to the White Pass Summit .  Shortly after leaving Skagway we passed the cemetery for early Skagway residents including the notorious Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith and town hero Frank Reid, the man that killed Soapy.  Along the route we saw the narrow trail that these people traveled over as they headed for Dawson City. 

From Alaska 2010-07-02
A nice scenic train ride that crosses a few bridges and goes through 2 tunnels.  At the Summit the engines disconnect from the cars and move to the opposite end for the return trip. 
From Alaska 2010-07-02
The backs of the seats in the cars flip over to allow passengers to ride forward.  After 3 hours we were returned to the station at Skagway.  We grabbed lunch at a cafe in Skagway before going back to the campground.

  Seeing a flyer about a Rhubarb Fest at the Jewel Gardens we decided to go there this evening.  We ate a supper there of hamburgers and rhubarb pie.  Normally the cost to go into the gardens is $12.00 per person but because of the Fest entry was free.   I didn’t see anything  that was worth paying $12.00 for in the garden. 

It has remained cold to us for this time of the year.  Temperature high has been about 61 degrees but it is windy and cloudy and feels much colder to us.  I know that before this trip is over we will probably be complaining about the heat.