The red onion saloon is one with it’s bed pan lined walls, madams behind the bar and the brothel museum upstairs for those so inclined to visit Every second shop was a girls dream with the gold, diamonds and ivory jewellery and it’s selection of gifts. We visited the Alaskan Museum then tried to arrange a day tour up the inside passage to Juneau (the Capital) but all tours were booked out for the next 3 days so the next morning at 6 am we boarded the boat for Haines.
Skagway is only 15 miles by water from Haines but 359 miles by road so to save time and for what woudl be a comparable price we booked our vehicles on to the boat and ourselves as passengers for this one hour trip which made for a very pleasant change from the bitumen and gravel.
Our journey from Whitehorse to Skagway through Tormented Valley was probably one of the prettiest and definitely the most varied of landscapes we have travelled in a short distance. Snow capped mountains, rivers, lakes and streams, windy mountainous roads and having lunch alongside Carcross desert before we reached our border crossing YES! into Alaska.
From Haines it was onto Haines Junction where we met the Alaskan highway once more. Along this route we would leave Alaska for a while entering into Yukon Territory. The drive along Kluane Lake, the largest lake in the Yukon Terrirtory was beautiful and was topped off by the sighting of 3 bears and a Caribou. We camped alongside the lake, went for a walk , then enjoyed a laugh while watching the movie “RV”.
The road conditions the following day through toTok were really testing. Travel was slow, orange flags showed rough areas that were frost heaved or gravel. There were so many orange flags.... The drive was a continual rollercoaster where the road had sunk down and has created potholes and all because of permafrost which is a real problem in this area. Signs of testing can be found alongside the roads in order to find a solution.
After our lunch stop at Beaver Creek it was back to the USA (Alaska) and goodbye to Canada.Once crossing the border the quality of the roads immediately improved. We had a short delay as Russ and I had to arrange an extension of our visa waiver as our return flight date was one day over its 90 day validation.
At the end of the day we were grateful to have arrived at Tok. The following days journey was entirley different and simply amazing. Waterfalls, rivers, snow, glaciers, wildflowers and far better road conditions. Along the way we stopped and went for a walk up onto Worthington Glacier. After crossing Thompson pass it was not too long before we were in Valdez settling into an RV park planning the next couple days we will spend in this fishing village......
|Boys throwing stones Kluane Lake|
|Reflections at Tentlin Wildlife|
|Driving alongside Emerald Lake|
|Checking the RV|
|Cars on Boat to Haines|
|Crabby and WHO!|
|Drive towards Valdez|
|Inikshute man on US Canadian Border|
|Inside Red Onion Saloon|
|Alaska we Made it....|
|Entering Alaska for the 2nd Tiime|
|It's not superman its the bear man|
|Leaving Skagway to Haines|
|Wildflowers along Kluane Lake|
|Mal and Russ at Bridal Veil Falls|
|Boat we went on to Haines|
|Permafrost test area|
|Gakona Lunch Stop|
|Mal and Wendy on Boat|
|Orange flags alongside road|
|Walking on Worthigton Glacier|
|Snow capped Mountains|
|Russ crossing the borders|
|Skagway Boat Harbour|
|Skagway Fish Coop|
|Conductors of scenic railway Skagway|
|Ivory Store at Skagway|