On the fourth morning of our Alaska cruise, we woke up docking in Skagway. It was a beautiful day from the start. We had an excursion planned and needed to be at the meeting spot by 12n.
We ate breakfast in the sit-down restaurant. It was good, much better than waiting in that buffet line!
We got ready and left the boat early to walk into town and buy lunch since our excursion didn’t provide it.
We picked up some sandwiches at Glacial Smoothies and Espresso. Then off to our meeting spot.
Today’s excursion was…
…an old-time train ride on the White Pass Rail and then a visit to the Yukon Suspension Bridge.
We arrived at the meeting spot at 12n, as directed. They put us in a big bus and we waited and waited. I found this extremely frustrating because we rushed in the small town to buy lunch only to sit on this bus and wait!
Luckily, we had also bought a bag of candy in town at the Kone Kompany (yes, that’s how it’s spelled), which kept everyone a little more patient (especially me).
Finally the driver came on and gave us the safety instructions (mandatory on buses in Alaska) and we were off!
We drove 1 minute to the train station.
Honestly, it was so quick. Maybe people get lost from the dock to the station, I don’t know but it seemed a little crazy to drive there.
We boarded the train which had large windows and not-so-comfy seats. We were allowed to go out of the train car on the little balcony area in-between the cars (I apologize, I don’t know what that area is called) but we couldn’t cross cars.
The scenery was amazing. Looking down the mountain at the rushing river was my favorite part.
They did offer some history of the gold miners who WALKED this trail during the Klondike Gold Rush. I love hearing the history of places so I really liked this part. I wished they’d have done more of it.
We arrived into Fraser, British Colombia and the customs officials walked through each car and asked a few questions, randomly. It was very serious, indeed.
Then we boarded our bus, which had driven up the mountain. After a 15-minute drive, we were at the suspension bridge.
Now, I thought it was going to be a rickety old wooden bridge but it turns out they don’t want people falling 60 feet into a rushing rocky river. Go figure.
The bridge was solid metal fencing material (think of that old chain link fence on major steroids).
It was a sweet place to visit even though later, I heard this bridge was built by the Cruise Companies as a tourist attraction. Still, guess what it had?
You can get your passport stamped too! Then it was back on the bus for the drive down the mountain. It was a tiring day.
Once back in Skagway, we decided to try a local place for dinner Wild Alaska Catch.
It had a similar menu to Tracey’s in Juno but was nowhere near as good or as fun!
One last stop at a gift shop (our first and last of the trip) and we were back on board.
Since it was such a long day, we all turned in early. We wanted to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the early morning in Glacier Bay!
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