Our Alaskan cruise-Skagway

DSC_2587_tonemappedSkagway is a small Alaskan town but is a very popular destination for the cruise ship industry as more than 400 dock there yearly. It’s also home to the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. The railroad was completed in 1900 during the Klondike gold rush days & was the primary means of reaching the goldfields. It climbs 20 miles up 3,000′ of elevation & offers some spectacular views while riding in old vintage rail cars. In between the cars were the platforms that you see in the old western movies & that’s where I perched for the entire trip. It got a bit chilly but it was worth it to capture the scenery as the train slowly made the climb to the top & then back down.

DSC_2599It was a short walk to hop on as the train was parked right outside our balcony.DSC_2250_tonemapped

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DSC_2393_tonemappedAs we approached this old wooden trestle bridge I was a little nervous that we were going over it until I realized it has been abandoned & is now in disrepair.DSC_2418_tonemappedThe top was blanketed in snow, the skies were bright blue & the cool crisp air was magnificent. DSC_2508_tonemapped

DSC_2513A few other souls ventured out on the platforms to take pictures but most of the time I just had to share the small space with Nick.

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DSC_2608_tonemappedBack on board & still taking in the beautiful landscape.

DSC_2641The excursion up this historic pass was a highlight & would definitely recommend it, especially if photography was a passion.

Next up was a slow cruise into Glacier Bay.

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4 comments on “Our Alaskan cruise-Skagway
  1. Magnificent pictures! What time of year did you go? How long did it take round-trip? I’m sure that Glacier Bay is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. driftwooddecor says:

    Including the 3 days spent at the Olympic National Park we were gone 10 days…it was a full 7 day cruise starting & ending at Vancouver. We were there in mid May which is the beginning of the Alaskan cruise season & as it turned out a perfect time to be there.

  3. Laura Gelderd says:

    Beautiful! Great time of the year to go north..Thank you for sharing. Your pictures are just stunning.

  4. driftwooddecor says:

    Thanks Laura. Alaska is one of those places that makes everyone a better photographer.

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