Alaskan Cruise 2011

Day Four: Skagway, Alaska

Our final port of call today. For our excursion we boarded the White Pass Scenic Railway for a trip into the mountains. All of the passenger cars were vintage wooden railroad cars. At each end of the car was a small observation platform that we could go out onto and take pictures. The temperature dropped as we climbed further into the mountains. Once we reached the Canadian border the engines reconnected to the back of the train for the journey back to town. The seats in the rail car had backs that flipped so that we were always facing the direction of movement.

Once back at port we had ample time to walk into town and check out the shops. Mostly touristy stuff, but a few interesting things to see nonetheless. The woman we posed with in a couple of pics was a friend we made the first day aboard ship. She is a high school principal that was vacationing with some friends.

That evening after dinner we went outside to check out the scenery. This is when we first started appreciating the concept of "Land of the Midnight Sun"; it was nearly 10 PM when the last few pics on this page were taken.

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