This morning when we woke up, we found ourselves in the port city of Skagway, a small town of 800 full time residents which explodes to 2100 during the busy Summer Season. Tourism is the mainstay of their economy. During mid-week, there are usually 4 large ships in port with 8000 tourists.
In the afternoon, we took a bus tour up to the Summit of the above where glacial streams feed in to the Skagway River. Unfortunately, we were not blessed with clear weather so we couldn’t see the glaciers themselves, but the scenery was spectacular nonetheless.
It was also very interesting to learn about the history of the gold rush. At the peak of the gold rush in 1898, there were as many as 20,000 people living here. Actually, the gold was not here, but it was a starting point from which they had to climb over a pass on steep trails, build rafts to float upstream to the area where gold was found….a distance of about 400 miles.
We have uploaded a few of the photos from today’s tour. Hopefully, we will have better weather tomorrow when we travel up to Tracy’s Arm in Glacier Bay which is supposed to be the highlight of the cruise.
Ken and Monique