September 11th, 2009 – by: X_Drive
This sign displayed the times of arrival and departured at Skagway.
We were supposed to pull into Skagway at 8 a.m. so when I awoke at seven to watch docking and we were already docked I was disappointed again. We are the only ship here so we got a nice spot. We were scheduled to be here until 8:00pm so we took our time this morning showering and getting dressed. One of the very few things to do in this small town is to take the train up the White Pass and Yukon Route and we didn’t desire taking it so strolling the few blocks was left for us.
We decided on breakfast in the main dining room today and had omelettes which turned out to be a little less than we had hoped.
The weather is still very cloudy and threatening but not raining as we make our way into town.
We stopped in the railroad building first off and got a couple of pictures and then out back to see some of the equipment. A large snowblower was one of the nice pieces. We watched a short train pull out and took a few pictures there in the square. Then we started our walk around the small town area. All of the buildings that were built to look like old time 1900s were nicely painted and most sold either jewelry or souvenirs. I must admit that there are a few stores that display a small sign in their windows that say something like "Owned and operated by 3 and or 4th generation Skagway natives residents." The rest are owned and operated Carnival Corp. owners of Princess Cruise Lines, as are most of Ketchikan and even Juneau.
The rocks just opposite the docks were painted with the Captains and their cruise lines for each that had come here. What a disgrace.
We did end up going into one that was on a side street. It was a Quilt Shop. They allowed photos so I did my best to get some good ones.
My wife is a quilter so see the wonderful examples of local artists and the materials they used was exciting for her. And the cost of the material was surprisingly low for Alaska. I think if she had a way to get it home she would have bought several bolts.
Nearly every inch on open rock face was defaced.
The wind picks up as the morning went on and after a couple of hours it was really blowing. We had done most of what we wanted and headed back to the ship to drop off our purchases and eat some lunch before heading back out. But as we neared the ship it began to rain and we were very lucky not to get too wet as we made our way back on board.
After eating lunch consisting of roast beef sandwiches and fries with lots of mustard and horseradish we returned to our stateroom and crashed for a couple of hours. Gosh, a nap felt good.
The afternoon passed slowly and we went to the library and checked out books to read and walked the decks for some minor exercise. We stopped by the Dining Room to see what was on the menu for dinner only to discover that nothing sounded good to either of us. That meant for the first time we would have dinner at the buffet. So dressing for dinner was really casual.
After a mediocre dinner we got to go to a very funny comedy show with Scott Wyler and then back to listen to that super jazz trio, The Georgetown Trio, to finish the evening.
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Skagua, as it was know by the local Tlingit means “windy place”, and it did live up to its name the day we visited, although the rain stopped for … read entire review