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Alaska! We Made It!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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We pack up again and leave Teslin Lake and drive to Carcross. Carcross is short for ‘Caribou Crossing’ and is a very small town which was much larger during the Alaskan gold rush since it was at the end of the White Horse trail. Gold rushers would hike to this town, then build boats to use for their down the Yukon River to the gold fields. We walk around the visitor’s center and town, get some muffins and coffee, and then have lunch in the trailer.
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At Carcross we get on the Klondike Highway to drive to Skagway. The Klondike Highway has beautiful scenery,
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and then we finally cross the border into Alaska! However, it is so foggy and cold that we almost forget to stop at the sign for the obligatory photo :-)

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The road from the US border down to Skagway is a very long downhill road. It should be interesting pulling the trailer back up this mountain. We see the White Pass and Yukon historical train coming up the hill from Skagway. We're thinking about taking this train later this week.
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We have reservations at Pullen Creek RV Park in Skagway. We had hoped to have a “water view” campsite, but with the size of our 5ver and the windows located in the back and driver’s side, there are no actual ‘water view’ campsites where we can see the harbor. So the camp manager assigns us a campsite where the back of our trailer is less than 10 feet from the sidewalk. This sidewalk is the sidewalk that the cruise ship passengers use to walk into town. So we have a parade of tourists walking by and watching us set up camp. We’re not sure what we think about so many people watching us set up. We’re also not sure what we think about this campsite, but we can see some of the harbor in this site, which is what we wanted. However, our partial view of the harbor lasts only about 15 minutes….when a HUGE motorhome pulls in beside us and parks in such a way that our only view is of the side of their motorhome :-( Oh well. The location of the campground is very convenient to town, but a disappointment as far as a view of the cruise ships or harbor.

Jere asks the campground manager if there’s a place in town to get our truck oil changed. He looks at Jere and says “You may think you’re in civilization, but you’re not.” Jere will get that same response over the next few days when we ask him a question. Skagway has many stores for the cruise passengers, but only one small grocery store (that closes at 7pm) and one small (equals ‘expensive’) gas station.

After we get set up, we walk around town
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and then go back to the trailer for dinner…look at our many tourist brochures…take a walk out to see the one cruise ship leave the harbor
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and then watch an Alaska video that I previously recorded from The History Channel. No TV reception in this campground and no free wifi…it’s raining and is supposed to keep raining tomorrow so we may be watching more videos the next few days.

Posted by jengelman 13:01 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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