Thursday, July 3, 2014

South Klondike Highway, Yukon to Skagway, Alaska

Alas, I somehow lost photos of Whitehorse, but they weren't so great so...the camp I stayed in was ugly, with the sites so close together that the use of awnings was prohibited. But ya gotta have doses of the not-so-great to appreciate the great.

The 3 hour drive from Whitehorse to Skagway was surprisingly fun. The South Klondike Highway goes through a gorge along the Tutshi River. There is a little town called Carcross,formerly known as Caribou Crossing, which was a stopping place for gold miners coming from Skagway to the Klondike gold fields inland. It sits on the shore of Bennett Lake. Interestingly, this tiny town of less than 400 people, has two bakeries, both with gluten free items! I asked one of the women working in a bakery if there was a demand for gf things, and she said the Yukon is very progressive when it comes to food and health. I had already fallen in love with the Yukon, but this sealed the deal!

Bakery 1 - you can't see the gf sign.

bakery 2 - you can see the gf sign in the window.

I arrived in Carcross on July 1, Canada Day - like our 4th of July. Of course there was a parade!

Typical home in Carcross - I like the long version of the town's name better - Caribou Crossing.

Continuing south toward Skagway I made another stop - the Yukon suspension bridge.

Moi on bridge - with a view to the south toward Skagway.

The bridge building seen from the middle of the bridge.

Building detail - way cool.

The rapids. It was amazing to be suspended above these powerful rapids. Amazing, and a bit unsettling. This little video was taken from the middle of the bridge, and is not very good quality because the bridge was swaying and bouncing!

On to Skagway...

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