Skagway 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.
As 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.The top was blanketed in snow, the skies were bright blue & the cool crisp air was magnificent.
Next up was a slow cruise into Glacier Bay.