Friday, August 28, 2015

DAY FIVE-Skagway, Alaska

Gold Rush town still thrives today with tourists!
The women in our group choose to take the train ride up to White Pass
Along the Skagway River, a route many gold diggers followed to get to Dawson
Creek where gold wasa discovered in 1896, one of my ancestors came here too.
Looking back down the canyon, you can see several cruise ships docked.
Quite a feat to build this railroad, especially the bridge trestles still standing
Beautiful wildflowers decorate the hillsides abundantly on this cool day!
That's our engine pulling us up these steep incline then we'll return back.
Several tunnels were blasted through granite rocks  to laid this track.
Don't look down if you get nervous...lol!
It's difficult to imagine building these bridges back in the late 1890s.
Before the train, men had to hike along the river banks.
White Pass summit, we are now in Canada but won't stay just turn around.
Heading back on the same track happens too soon on this 3.5 hr ride.

Klondike Gold Fields is a place where you can go and pan for gold!
Too soon we are back to town and civilization!
The depot greets us with tourist sales and refreshments to buy.

5 comments:

Linda Reeder said...

We didn't take the train trip. We did take a helicopter ride and landed on a glacier. Very cool.

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

loved seeing what looked like wildflowers on the 'mountains.'

Linda Kay said...

Love the old train...and those trestles!

Rambling Woods said...

It must have been a challenging existence back then.. Michelle

Jean said...

Interesting, especially the trestles. We didn't go to Skagway on our tour.