It's A Frontier Town Fourth of July
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Skagway still resembles a turn-of-the-century mining town, where vendors mine tourist pockets for cheap souvenir gold. Nevertheless, it is one of our favorite destinations in Alaska. I comes in handy whenever I teach "The Call of the Wild" to my 7th graders. They love to see the videos and pictures of the setting for the story. We even have a webpage devoted to the book: http://www.bismarck.k12.mo.us/English/skinner/bookshelf/COW.htm
We rode the White Pass & Yukon railway, getting shaky video of a dead miner's cemetary, Dead Horse Gulch, Black Cross Rock, and Bridal Veil Falls
Back in town, we shopped til we dropped, and then settled in for Skagway's Fourth of July celebration. The town's streets were blocked off to traffic, but everywhere there were people, locals and tourists alike, playing games, riding bikes, walking dogs, and just giving the whole town a quaint, small-town celebratory atmosphere. It was nice.
After leaving Skagway, we sailed Lynn Canal where the scenery is awe-inspiring. There were several sightings of humpbacks... but always on the Port side... and we were Starboard.
Note to future travels... Everything exciting is on the Port side.... Next time book a cabin on Port.