Day 64, 65
Trip Start May 07, 2008
205Trip End Nov 22, 2008
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Leaving Dawson City and heading towards Whitehorse and final destination being Skagway.
The road was a much better drive than the prior experience of the top of the world as well as the Alcan from Whitehorse to Tok. Basically a run through a valley previously dredged for gold and forests that had suffered forest fires at some time.
We arrived in Whitehorse and filled with Gas (petrol) and Propane (LPG/Gas) and a top up of fruit and vegies.
Then down to Skagway, the view is still postcard quality.
Marian was forced into replacing her camera, because hers had "technical problems" so we left the camera shop to walk the streets and search the shops again.
We found the show we wanted to experience was playing that evening (our previous information was they didn't do a show Thursday evening) because they had been booked twelve months prior for this show it, was being played this Thursday.
We quickly revised our plans to attempt to fit in the show, dinner was put on hold and we trotted off to the show.
The show was an adaptation of the history of the town of Skagway, depicting the tales about a scoundrel that "Controlled" the town. It was a fun night and a very late dinner.
Bed was welcome at dark, oh gee it is around 11:30pm we have an early start tomorrow to catch the fast Ferry to Juneau.
Day 65 Juneau - Capitol of Alaska
The early start and a walk to the wharf (4mins) to find the boat nearly full and loaded with a lot of the people from the RV park on a caravan (a group of RV's travelling together in a caravan) previously seen last night at the show.
Karon began talking to a woman in the RV group (Bali) we find out she has a son living in Sydney. It made the trip out and back to Juneau quite rewarding to share her adventures as we shared ours during the boat trip. Bali has taken this trip on her own after her husband had passed away only 12 months prior, so she has completed a trip that is daunting for most people, even travelled the Top of the World highway and some of the other roads we have travelled.
Off we head into the deep water of the fjord,(up to 2000ft deep) and the trip immediately had us running to the back for cameras.
Photo's of Pairs of eagles and single eagles, The Bald Eagle being the American bird Symbol as well as sea lions unique to the area, different species to the ones experienced down south.
Also keeping a watch for whales, which was one of the reasons for taking this trip. It was not long before we were rewarded with a view of some humpback whales, a mother and a young one, feeding and breathing then diving.
The boat trip was at a good pace with a few lumpy bits but no big challenge.
We were off loaded at private jetty 30 miles north of Juneau and had a bus transfer into the Capitol city of Alaska.
We wandered through this town and lunched in a restaurant overlooking the harbour viewing floatplanes taking off and landing, as well as a cruise ship docking. We managed to use up the 2-3 hours easily and made our way back to the bus, the next stop was at the Mendenhall glacier, this was an hour stop and firstly we walked the salmon viewing tracks to again find the elusive salmon, not in the place they are supposed to be, but, gee they are late here as well. We walked up to the viewing points for the glacier as well as took in a movie giving a history and description of the glacier.
Back on the bus, with a quick tour of the town around the governor's lodge and some narrow old streets, the bus driver had plenty of local knowledge being born in the town and grew up and played in places that have now been filled and paved, since the time he began his life in Juneau.
There are no roads from the outside world into Juneau, and the road running along and through the town is 45 miles long, at one end it has a big sign up stating "End of the Road" at the opposite end of the road is another equally large sign stating "The other End" Yet amazing enough a lot of vehicles in this town.
All supplies and outside contact for the locals is by boats (it is serviced by the Alaskan Marine highway ferries) and planes, apart for of course modern technology in the day of internet and computers.
Return to the boat and head back to Skagway, a couple of stops to again view whales and a tired crew arrived home. We cooked dinner and had a visit from Bali to recap and give us information about ideas and places to stay as we back track towards the Canadian Rockies. We all enjoyed chat and had a few laughs about some of her adventures; we have booked in for a cup of tea as we pass through near Bali's place near Vancouver.