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White Pass and Yukon Route Historical Narrow Gauge Railroad

Friday, June 1, 2007

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We wake up this morning and I can’t believe it – BLUE SKIES!!! And no rain, no clouds, no fog. What a wonderful change from the last several days. Lucky us – we have tickets to go on the historic Yukon and White Pass Railroad today. It’s a 3+ hour train ride up to Summit Lake, elevation 3200 feet, following much of the same trail that the gold rushers followed.

In the morning I go out and take a few pictures of the town with blue skies and no cruise tourists (too early for them). Then I go to the shop that has an early bird special, 20% off everything purchased before 9:30am, and buy a t-shirt and some Alaska scrap booking supplies.
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After breakfast we all go out for a walk and keep staring at the incredibly beautiful mountains that we haven’t seen much of the last few days. There is actually a glacier on the mountain across the fjord from our campground, but we never noticed it before…it blended in with the white sky or was covered with clouds.
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We take our train ride and the trip and view is incredible! This railroad was built 100 years ago to take gold rushers up the White Pass Trail and then was used to get supplies to the Yukon. The traincars are well taken care of and clean/comfortable, but the best reason to take the trip is the view! I take 100+ pictures on the train ride. The mountain scenery is incredible.
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We sit in our seats for much of the trip, but we also stand on the platform outside the train car several times during the trip to enjoy the scenery without the windows interfering and enjoying the fresh air.
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After the train ride, we relax in the campground. The train runs right behind our RV:
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Then we take a walk in the evening to Yakutania Point again. Wonderful day!
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Posted by jengelman 13:25 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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okay, the pictures are just breath taking-WOW- what beautiful scenery. Sounds like everything is going good. It is going to be around 95 here in Central PA today, with yucky humidity, ugh......definately a pool day! Well today is the last day for our CV'ers and I know I have a teenager who is extremely happy! How long will you be in Alaska? With that scenery it wouldn't take much for me just to stay there! Well, got to get Dustin up, he didn't feel well last night,so I left him sleep in hoping that would help. Looking forward to some more pictures!
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