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Done the train does anyone have any other shore excursion suggestions?

 

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We went to some of the sites which are part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park and got tickets for one of their ranger-led tours (which was great).  Then we did some of the area hikes.  We had a great day away from the crowds and spent just a few dollars for the ranger tour.

 

Our traveling companions did a guided tour to a place where they train sled dogs and they really enjoyed it. 

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Well it all started as Mooresville, if you were getting off of one of the first ships in 1897!

This lasted a few days until they new arrivals decided to change the name to the original of an unwritten Native word which sounded something like Skaguway and meant "home of the north wind".

This manipulation of the moniker of the new municipality really was about wresting control of the original homestead from one William Moore who had designated this place name around 1888 as he awaited the arrival of the argonauts which he predicted to be inevitable. They succeeded!

Shortly, the gummint post office decreed that the U might be offensive to someone, so they shortened the name, since three syllables was a bit much for some of the new residents anyway......

This lasted thru the twentieth century until the arrival of the cruise industry, which recently bought the railroad and now, if you buy the whole package, get on the train at the dock, your docent may well describe the place as trinket town (it has a nice ring to it....)as you go trundling by on your ride up the mountain on the way up the mountain to be returned safely to your ship, thereby avoiding any contact with those shifty real residents.....

But Wait!, didn't they tell us that there are several jewelry "outlets" to be found on TRinket alley, (otherwise known as Fraudway, by the locals)? Let's get real adventurous!

Let's just take a four block bus ride and see about some "shopping" on the strip.....

We'll walk up one side and down the other, of the six short blocks, view some of the forty odd jewelry stores and only go in the ones touted by the ship. They must be safe?!?

Just don't even glance down one of those side streets. There might be locos lurking down there....

We've "done" this place, just get on the bus for the four block ride back to the safety of the ship.

See ya next time Skakaway, (or whatever....)....

Happy sailing.....

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15 hours ago, picture said:

Done the train does anyone have any other shore excursion suggestions?

 

 

We did a hike followed by a float down the river. on one visit. That was insteresting and different from the train.

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Here is a video of the drive in on the South Klondike highway.  

 

 

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20 hours ago, misguy said:

Here is a video of the drive in on the South Klondike highway.  

 

 

Question for anyone who has done this drive, is a suv needed or are the roads pretty good all the way up to the lake?

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1 hour ago, calvegas04 said:

Question for anyone who has done this drive, is a suv needed or are the roads pretty good all the way up to the lake?

 

The road is fine. We drove it in a rented Chevy Malibu.

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5 hours ago, calvegas04 said:

Question for anyone who has done this drive, is a suv needed or are the roads pretty good all the way up to the lake?

 

Keep in mind that tourist season is also highway repair season so reserve most of your stops for the return trip when you have an idea of the actual driving time.

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We have been fortunate, never had any delays, we have driven through construction areas but never any blocked traffic.

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