Alaska, British Columbia and Yukon Territory
This morning we woke to a beautiful day with some heavy cloud which lifted to bright sunshine for most of the day.
We joined our land excursion at 8.30am with 30 people or so and Phil, our driver, on board a large coach for a drive along the Klondike Highway into Yukon Territory for approximately eighty miles. We travelled through Alaska and border crossed into British Columbia, Canada and the Yukon. This required showing passports a number of times through the day.
The Yukon is one of three territories of Canada similar to territories in Australia.
We stopped at a rather unusual bridge which was suspended from one side as the other side is a fault line. Taking the highway allowed us to see quite different scenery as we saw from the rail.
The highway has snow markers to indicate edges and the road. They say, if you are white you are right, if you are red you are dead.
We passed beautiful lakes such as Tutshi Lake, then Tagat Lake and travelled onto Carcross. Carcross was called Caribou Crossing and the name was shortened to Carcross to distinguish it from many other settlements also called Caribou Crossing. At Carcross we saw the Carcross Desert.
We travelled further into the Yukon to Emerald Lake. This beautiful lake has deposits of calcium carbonate on the bottom and thus reflects many shades of green. This lake has some houses that are grandfathered so no more can built there. the mountains around here are limestone. As they were once the coral reefs floor of a much warmer sea.
We went back to Caribou Crossing for lunch. we visited the Museum which had a resident taxidermist and a good collection of animals. There is also a husky village where a lady who competes in the 1000 kilometres Iteradot and the Yukon Challenge has a training camp.
After lunch we went to Carcross and saw the White Pass and Yukon train pull into the station.
We left Carcross for Fraser to board the White Pass and Yukon Rail train. This was an absolutely stunning trip back to Skagway. We travelled through pristine and breathtaking scenery.
We arrived back in Skagway at about 5.00pm. We had time to wander around town then had a leisurely walk back to the Volendam for an 8.30pm departure.