Skagway Travel Blog› entry 7 of 19 › view all entries
I'd left the drapes open because of the view, so the sun woke me around 4:00. We were still moving so I closed the drapes, went back to sleep, and woke about 7:00 at the dock in Skagway. We ate in the Horizon and left the ship. We were a little way from town so we took a horse-drawn carriage; Lin loves those things and it gave us a nice ride into town plus a guided tour. The young lady driving the rig suggested we visit the "Alaska Wildlife Adventure" so we did that, even though the front was so tacky we would never have entered otherwise. This is a collection put together by a guy named Bob Groff and his wife, Anna. Bob himself led the tour for just Lin and me! At $9.95 per person, he spent well over an hour with us! There are two parts to the collection.
We shopped, had a hot dog from a stand (mine was reindeer, of course) and returned to the ship to catch our tour, a ride on the White Pass and Yukon Railroad. The train stops right across the dock from the ship We were with Ken and Carmen in a car that had room for handicapped people but there were no handicapped aboard so there was a lot of extra room, even though the 15-car train was full. Surprisingly to me, it was permitted to ride on the platform so I rode most of the way out there in order to take pictures.I'd left my parka inside so, in sweatshirt alone, I was pretty cool as we rode through the snow and ice over the summit. The ride was great and the scenery beautiful. The clear skies that had appeared in the morning began to fade but it was still a beautiful trip. This was the shore excursion I'd been most interested in and I loved it!
The train dropped us off in town but Ken & Carmen rode it back to the ship while Lin and I walked a bit. This is a GREAT little town and I didn't want to give it up! Had a nice "Red Star Amber" beer, brewed in Skagway in a sidewalk terrace. I wouldn't mind spending a few days here.
Went directly to bed after dinner to rest for an early arrival in Glacier Bay