Just like a piece of music usually has 2 parts (at least) – a high and a low, so did our adventure to Skagway. The first part of our adventure took place in the mountains above Skagway. I think virtually every person who goes to Skagway probably takes the White Pass Railroad up into the Yukon Pass (you actually cross over into Cananda). Its beautiful and you hear the stories of the gold rush. And the incredible hardships endured by the people who sought their fortune in this area. Not an easy way to get rich by any means. There were also stories about a man named Buchanen who would bring groups of school age boys (and in later years girls) up to Alaska. I think of it as sort of a vintage version of People to People. So it was a little rainy and a little overcast but we ventured off. We boarded the train. And the train started up the the mountain. We climbed. And saw waterfalls.
And listened to the stories. How these people suffered in their quest to get rich. I think on a clear day the views are probably spectacular. But it was pretty and interesting. And the ride down was a nice time for a nap.
But seriusly. If you go to Skagway, people will tell you you have to do this, you have to see it. In my opinion taking the train up high was the low point of our visit to Skagway.
The next post will be about what we loved in Skagway.