Sunday, June 29, 2014

Alaska Journal #16: Thursday Morning in Skagway

This was our view from the balcony when we docked in Skagway.

A little bit of everything was painted on the rock covered wall.

This narrow gauge railroad train took us up to White Pass Summit later in the day.

I'm often a few steps behind Lon when I'm using my camera.  A big bear is across from the end of the ramp, coaxing passersby to come in close to be photographed.  I'll slip by when he's not looking.

Don't worry, Lon.  You won't be in the picture.  I'm just taking one of the painted stone wall again.  (Shh.  Don't tell).

A Disney cruise ship was docked nearby.

I've been saying it averaged between 60 and 65 degrees, but this picture indicates otherwise.  

That's the direction for us.

Looking back, am I afraid they might leave without us? 

What's wrong with this picture?  Obviously, someone can't read.

A fellow offered to take our picture together.  Nice guy.  An ear warmer and gloves?  Who wears them when it's 60-65 degrees!!  
Looks like a fun place to have fresh halibut or king crab.

Wall-to-wall watercraft, of course!

I wonder how hard it would be and how long it would take for me to get up to that snow.

Here we are.

Can't wait for the train ride.

Much easier reading here.

I don't know how they did it in such a short time!  

Again, an abundance of jewelry shops.  I bought a whale tail pendant of granite and copper in a locally owned shop. 

The Red Onion Saloon, not to be confused with the Red Dog Saloon in Juneau.  I'm surprised whoever built this was allowed to use a name so similar.  Unless, this was built before the Red Dog.  If so, then how could the Red Dog mimic the Red Onion's name?

Oh, never mind. 

Unique look and then some.  It reminds me of a spook house.  It's the Arctic Brotherhood, Camp Skagway No. 1.  (Go to to learn more.  It's rather interesting). 

That's rhubarb!!  Huge rhubarb, tiny car.  How amusing is that!!  

Looking back as we take the sea walk back to the ship.
There are no billboards in Alaska, but there are other ways!!

Oops, I guess we're not going back to the ship, we're going back shopping!  Okay, Lon, if you insist.  

Weren't we here already?

Inside the saloon.

It's not nearly as busy as the Red Dog Saloon was in Juneau.  But, it is much earlier in the day.

Since we didn't spend time in the Red Dog Saloon, I made up for it here.

Bedpans on the wall; I'm glad I didn't plan on eating here.

An appropriately dressed waitress for The Red Onion Saloon.

We left the saloon and came straight back to our room.  We were greeted by this moose towel creation and a freshened up room, including:  bed made, bathroom cleaned, fresh clean towels hung and our stateroom all tidied up.

Love it.

Next time, we ride the train.


Gullible said...

Enjoyed the memories of Skagway. Town looks all spruced up for the tourists. Some day I'm going to blog about a 1973 trip to Skagway and hiking the Chilkoot trail. Next chapter, please.

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

GULLY: I look forward to reading of your trip to Skagway.

Gullible said...

I've already read this one. !!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????

Cap Chastain said...

Well .. up there above .. you snapped a photo of Lon walking ahead of you since when you are snapping photos you do not keep-up. So far so good .. this I understand. Then you wrote something like .. " ..up ahead was a large bear .." and that you were going to walk past said large bear. Was there really a large bear?

And .. I got-it .. I studied the Small Boat Harbor photo and your comment about something being wrong for quite-some-time. Thinking "What am I missing?" .. Then I got-it ! You DON'T THINK THAT A GIGANTIC CRUISE SHIP should be in the SMALL BOAT HARBOR .. Did I solve the riddle?

Smiles from both of us .. Cap and Patti ..

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

CAP & PATTI: There was a person in a bear costume at the foot of the ramp. They want you to get your picture taken with it so they can sell you the picture later when it is displayed on the cruise ship!! I certainly didn't need another picture!!!!!

You did solve the riddle. Congrats on that!

Smiles back to both of you,