7am found our camp packed up and us ready to get going. (Not that we had a great sleep or anything….) We were told to check out the rocks along the highway. They spell out messages, names and home towns. A Fort Nelson swim team started this in the summer of 1990. The first message was “P-Break” Today you can read many different names or messages along this side of the highway.
We stopped at the Rancheria Falls Recreation Site where we took a 10min walk along a board walk to view the falls.
mmmmm…….Johnson’s Crossing for the world famous cinnamon buns. We were looking forward to this! SO good! (sorry, no pic of this one. It tasted to good to wait for a picture!)
I missed the turn off for Highway 8 to go to Skagway. So I turned around and got on the right road….
We went through Carcross and did the whole touristy thing. Checked out old buildings, the info center, walked on sandy beaches of Bennett Lake. You know, what the tourists do….
We stopped at the Yukon Suspension Bridge and had hoped to check things out. (more tourist stuff) An older man met us at the entrance to the bridge and was charging $10 to go look at it, and cross the bridge. Not worth it to us. We prefer the ‘free’ tourist stuff… We traveled on.
Crossed the border and had to stop to get the tourist “I’m in the States” photo. (First time I could ever remember being in the States)
Traveled through barren terrain as high as the Chilkoot Pass and then dropped into Skagway. Hello cruise ships!!!
We made camp at Pullen Creek RV Park. $30 for a dinky site. Enough for a tent, (maybe two if you shared with the neighbours…more on that on Day 3) a table and a car.
Continued playing the tourist role and wandered through town, checked out the cruise ships and watch the salmon at the dock. There are more jewelry stores there then there are Starbucks in New York!!! (kinda….)
Picked up our trail tickets and train and meal tickets. We got the whole spiel on the conditions of the trail, trail and bear safety (how not to die like a tourist…).
We didn’t want to eat supper yet so we drove 7 miles to Dyea, the trail head, and checked things out.
We had a great dinner at the Skagway Brewing Company. We sat down in full restaurant at a table for four. Another party showed up not long after us and asked if we would move to a smaller table as they had four people with them and the only available table was for two. We kindly agreed and were rewarded with a round of beer from them! We also ordered a sampler of the beer there. 4 glasses of the house beers. Prospector Pale, Chilkoot Trail India Pale Ale, Boomtown Brown, Bluetop Porter. Awesome beer, the best being the Bluetop Porter. Had the Old Town Burger and fries (again, no pics of that. Too yummy to photograph)
No games were played before bed so I didn’t lose at 10,000 this time. (Counts as a win in my books. ) Bed. G’night.
The rock messages along the Alaska Highway.
Part of the boardwalk by Rancheria Falls.
One of the Rancheria Falls. Pictures along the way……
Going into Teslin.
Nares Lake (I think)
Info Center at umm….Carcross…I think….
Around town: Carcross
White Pass & Yukon Route Train Station.
Sandy beaches of Bennett Lake.
Old fashioned general store with EVERYTHING under the sun stuffed into the building.
Nice green house.
Take your camera!!! (Yukon point of interest sign)
I’M IN ALASKA!!!!!!!!
Trail Center. (where we picked up our trail passes)
Where we had dinner.
The snowplow they used to use on the White Pass & Yukon Route.
HEELLLOOO Cruise Ships!!!!!!!!!!
Nice $30 site. Beautiful table too!!
Klaas tried to run us off the embankment. Great rubber trail!