Saturday, August 29, 2009
Whitehorse and Skagway, Alaska
Rain, rain and more rain! Can't really complain, though, as we've had the most fantastic weather on this trip thus far. It was bound to catch up with us at some point, though. But, before we get into that, let's talk about Whitehorse.
It did not rain during our stay in Whitehorse earlier this week.
We were even able to get out our bikes and travel into town. It was smooth going downhill for about a mile after leaving the RV park, but murder trying to get back up the hill to the camp. We had to walk our bikes up the hill facing into extremely high winds.
Whitehorse has a great bike bath that took us past the historic SS Kondike riverboat.
On Thursday (August 27), we drove to Skagway. It started to rain that day, but even with the rain, the scenery was beautiful. We stopped along the way for lunch.
At one point, we had to go through extremely thick fog, almost as bad as in Cambria at times.
We are parked near the water in Skagway and can see the extremely large tour vessels coming and going each day. Skagway has a population of 800 and has over 800,000 tourist coming through this small town each year. There is really only one main commercial street in the town with lots of shops along both sides of it. Nearly every other shop is a jewelry store with very high priced items.
We are parked a couple of blocks from the center of town. We've walked the shops on one side of the street yesterday and will go back to check out the other side before we leave on Monday, putting the RV on a boat as we travel by cruise down to Haines.
Very poor internet here, so will keep this blog short.
Have a good weekend.
Jerry and Mary