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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Goodbye Alaska

We have left Alaska after a few fun days in Skagway. We had no Internet connection there so that is why you have not heard from me in a while.
We rode the White Pass/Yukon train, took in a fun show about 'Soapy' Smith and the Gold Rush Days and did alot of shopping.
Skagway is the jewelry store capital of Alaska mainly because of the cruise ship trade, there can be anywhere to 5,000 to 10,000 people visiting the shops that have come off the cruise ships.
We had a great time in Alaska, learned alot about our 49th state.
It is a beautiful place to visit and if you can please do, don't wait til you are old like us it would have so much more fun to see it by kayak, foot, bicycle, or just a fishing boat. It is an outdoormans paradise!!
There are 100,000 glaciers, 70 volcanoes, more than 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes, there are 6,640 miles of coastline and that is not counting all the islands coastline. There are National Parks, State Parks and trails for bike, foot, horse, ATV's, snowmobles and dog sleds.
The culture is varied from the native Alaskans, the Russians and the pioneer spirits from the gold, oil and homesteaders.
The wildflowers are beautiful, there is no poison ivy, or oak.
There are no ticks or chiggers to worry about when hiking just mosquitoes, flies, gnats and bees, lots of bees.
There are no snakes to worry about just a few bears, moose and bison in some places.
There are no house sparrows, few pigeons, no starlings but lots of ravens.
We saw alot but not all that we would have liked to, we would have liked to visit the Arctic Circle, maybe Nome, travel the inside passage, visit Glacier Bay NP, visit more of the islands and view the northern lights. Guess we'll just have to go back.
We are now back in Dawson Creek, remember Mile 0 of the Alaskan Highway. We are retracing the same road we took up and the rain is following us. Dawson Creek was in a draught with much of B.C. having wildfires as we travel through it has been in light rain. Rain B.C. desperately needs to stop the fires.
I will be trying to add more photos to my Flickr site.

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