Friday, June 8, 2012

Alaska: Skagway & the Yukon Territory

May 18-21 Anchorage
May 21 Board Cruise in Whittier
May 22 Cruise Yakutat Bay | Hubbard Glacier
May 23 Cruise Glacier Bay
May 24 Skagway
May 25 Juneau
May 26 Ketchikan
May 27 Cruise Inside Passage
May 28-29 Vancouver

Skagway was definitely my favorite port! We were blessed with picture perfect weather, it was great. We the White Pass Railway up to Fraser, BC and then had a private bus tour. The train ride was very scenic and fun...although we got stuck for about 45 minutes because our engine was having issues and the next train had to come save us (so much for eco-friendly engines...they don't work!). Once we got to Fraser we hoped onto our private bus and had the BEST tour guide - Mike. He took us to some spots the big buses aren't able to visit and we were also the only people at every spot because he knew how to time it. We made a couple stops (welcome to the Yukon sign, a few scenic lake spots) and then he took us into Carcross where we had lunch. After lunch we walked around the property and visited the husky puppies and goats, as well as the museum with "stuffed" animals. My favorite part was the puppies and holding a week old baby goat!! After lunch we went to Emerald Lake...the most beautiful place I've ever seen! Then we started our trip back to Skagway, we made some scenic stops in the Yukon, in BC, at the Alaska/Canada border (as well as the real border crossing). On our way back our guide spotted a bear and we stopped and followed him for about 30 minutes. The bear was about 10 feet from our bus and could have cared less! It was a cinnamon black bear...he was so cute I just wanted to hug him!! Once we got back to Skagway we walked around the town and headed back to the boat. Perfect day!!

Disney Wonder - What a view to wake up for!
White Pass Railway
On our way to the Yukon
Lot's of pretty mountains & trees
Dad - while we were waiting for our new engine
US border "On to Alaska with Buchanan"

Bear I saw on the train!!
Old bridge
Snow all the way up the windows!
Fraser, of my favs
Justin peeking at me from the back of the car!

Beautiful lake in BC
Perfect reflection
Justin is in Canada!!

Cold cold water
Pretty reflection
Welcome to the Yukon!

TINY town of Carcross, Yukon Territory
Husky puppies!! so presh!
This guy was cracking me up!
Justin was popular wit his treat treats
Me and one of the puppies
One week old baby goat!!
Emerald Lake...GORGEOUS!
Too bad that water is so cold 

Carcross desert...weird
Bove Island
Bove Island
Mr. Bear looking for a snack
How CUTE is that face??
So peaceful
Justin in the snow...he was a fan
"Welcome to Alaska and the Gateway to the Klondike"
Earthquake proof bridge
Pretty Waterfall

Coral Princess
Ship artwork on the rocks
Cruising out of Skagway to Juneau
Next up...Juneau!