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Rainy, Cold and Windy in Skagway!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

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Today is incredibly cold and very windy and rainy. Winter coats with hats and gloves weather. However the rain stops long enough so that we can take a 90-minute walking tour with the US Ranger from the Skagway Gold Rush Historical Park in the morning. The ranger is very good and we enjoy learning about the area and the Alaskan gold rush. After lunch we watch the US Park movie at the visitors’ center about the history of the White Pass and Chilkoot Trails to the Yukon gold fields. An old movie, but well done.

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We do some browsing around the stores and other downtown buildings, get all the free stuff that the stores are giving with the coupons in the tourist newspaper (we now have 4 Skagway train whistles, a charm bracelet from Diamonds International, 2 train charms and a totem pole charm). This town is built for cruise shoppers….they must have at least a dozen jewelry stores, with many special sales on diamonds, tanzanite and rainbow topaz (I’m not even sure what rainbow topaz is, but it was everywhere). However, all of the stores keep the old town Skagway appearance plus the sidewalks are made of wood. So, even though the town caters to the cruise ships, it still has the appearance of an old gold rush town and is a very interesting and picturesque town.

After dinner we walk out to see the cruise ships leave (using 3 umbrellas – it is still raining
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Posted by jengelman 13:07 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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