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Monika’s Travel Diary

Monday, 18 Jun 2007

Location: Canada

MapArrived at Skagway, another Alaskan city by cruise. Skagway suprisingly is still old fashioned town. It has the reminiscent of Wild Wild West! It has far less shops than Juneau.

We decided to take White Pass & Yukon Route by vintage steam locomotive. The ticket collector even wore the vintage navy blue suit! We got to experience the breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels and historic sites!! Everything was an inspiration! While seeing the steep rock mountains, I was imagining how challenging it must be for tens of thousands of men in 1898 to build rail roads, tunnels and steel bridge. I read on the pamphlet that back in construction days, the mountain sides were so steep that the men had to be suspended by ropes to prevent them falling off while cutting the grade.

Wow...when we eventually made to the White Pass Summit, the locomotive stopped for all of us to admire the view. It was an absolute stunning view of half frozen lake with backdrop of ice coated mountains. When I looked closely to the water, I could see the splendid mixes of turqoise, light blue and dark blue colours. At that time, it was misty and foggy which created the mystic and alluring mood to it.

In the afternoon, we returned to cruise ship with great content and satisfaction and ready for next destination.....Hubbard Glacier....should be good!

Oh, I forgot to mention that I saw about 4 dolphins jumping out and in the sea, while the cruise ship was moving! I was alone in my room and there I saw them out the window! =D