A Journal, with Pictures

Skagway, Alaska

by on Jul.18, 2011, under Happenings

On Sunday we arrive in Skagway, which was the jumping off point for the Klodike stampede. Skagway is on a northern finger of the inside passage. This seaport sits on a deep-water fjord, the Taiya inlet, at the head of Lynn Canal, which stretches 90 miles from Juneau. We choose a wild life viewing excursion in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Once we docked in Skagway, we went by van to our ferry for the 30 minuet ride to Haines, Alaska. We then boarded a bus that took us to our jumping off point for our raft trip down the Chilkat river, were the salmon running upstream in shallow water attract bald eagles. At the peak season, November, they estimate that four thousand eagles visit the area. We were briefed by our guides, and then spent two hours enjoying the incredible landscape, eagles, and a native flute serenade by Sunny our guide. CP the tour director entertained us, sold us the T‑shirt that funds a big party at the end of the tourist season and regaled us with stories at lunch after the river trip. Then it was back to Skagway the way we came, some sight seeing in town, cocktails in the cabin, a great dinner then we took in the ships evening show “Le Cirque Navigaton”.

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