Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Trip, Ferry Ride from Juneau to Skagway

We had to be at the ferry terminal by 5 am! We got the car loaded and found some recliners to relax in for our 4 hour boat ride. Greg and the girls were wandering around outside on the deck while I tried to catch a few more minutes of sleep.

 Taylor really wanted to see some humpback whales. We had seen some during the evening ferry ride but she wanted a good look at some during the daylight. After about an hour into the ride, the captain announced that a large pod of whales had been sighted. There were probably about 7 or 8 in the pod.

Suddenly, they appeared at the surface and a few turned on their sides and you could see their fins.

They were spouting and rolling with the waves.

Greg and girls had a close-up view of the whales as they played.

 Taylor finally got her wish to see a whale's tail as the huge animals dove back down. It was very exciting! We got to Skagway and checked into our hotel.

After a quick lunch, we made a few stops at the stores.


 This statue is in to honor those brave people who traveled the Chilkoot and White Pass Trails in 1897-1898.

 Skagway was known as the "Gateway to the Klondike" as gold seekers followed this route during the gold rush.

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