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Day Eighteen - Skagway

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Cold, windy and a strong hint of rain as we berthed in Skagway. A simple breakfast and collected our gear for today's shore excursion. At 08:50 we found our tour bus (coach) on the pier alongside the ship. We drove leisurely through downtown Skagway and proceeded up the Klondike Highway in the direction of Whitehorse. This is roughly the route taken by thousands of gold rush miners in the 1890s. The road is amazingly steep and at times we drove through dense fog. We stopped along the way to marvel at the effort that must have been required for these old-timers to drag themselves and all their supplies up this mountain.

We passed through the US Immigration Post at Fraser, then some miles further on crossed the actual border between the USA and Canada. Soon after the clouds lifted and a feeble sun broke through. Canadian Immigration check consisted of us holding our passport next to our face as the official passed through the coach. Just down from the White Pass summit of this pass through the mountain we came upon the tourist attraction of "The Suspension Bridge". Some years ago someone had the notion to build a steel suspension foot-bridge across the river, build a café, gift shop and more recently a restaurant.

The structures are all first class but I do wonder why or how it survives. We spent a pleasant hour before retracing our steps down the mountain to the outskirts of Skagway where we discovered "Liarsville" a recreation of a tent city of the late 1890s. There we were welcomed by a rather bizarre character and invited to a lunch of grilled salmon with salads, corn bread and a cake, tea and coffee also provided. After a more than generous meal we wandered through the camp comprising a number of crude structures, tents and recycled bits of odd machinery and tools. Yes !! There was the inevitable Gift Shop where Jenny bought me a fancy cap.

Back on the coach and a bonus detour to a high vantage point overlooking the town and the two ships in port. An amazing view of the ships and directly down onto the runway of the local airstrip. A serious lapse of judgement had us depart the coach in the down-town area. Wandered in and out of a few shops and even into one or two jewelry stores. "Just looking", says Jenny. Long story short we bought a diamond ring.

Back to the ship for some fruit and to make some notes. Decided to skip dinner tonight and went to see the 'production show' tonight. We're not normally a fan of the singers and dancers and the over-the-top loud music. Tonight's performance may have converted me completely. It was without doubt the best staged musical number we've seen on any of the ships. Top marks to all involved !!

Back to the cabin and finish this tale. Will have a go at uploading but will hold off to the morning if the response is too slow.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view a photo of the Suspension Bridge by following this link to my main album.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 06:32 Archived in USA

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