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Ships fly the flag of the country they are visiting when in their port. So many exotic flags have flown here on this amazing world cruise. But our American flag is a beautiful sight, as we dock in Skagway, Alaska.
Our first robin this Spring!
Original gold rush buildings on Broadway - the stampede after the 1896 discovery of gold in the Klondike and the 1898 gold rush created a town of 10,000 with the reputation of the "roughest town on earth".
Clear skies and snow-covered peaks enticed us to take the White Pass and Yukon narrow gauge railway up into the mountains.
Our car was right behind the engine and we were able to ride outside most of the way up to the almost 3,000 foot summit. Yes, it was cold!
The White Pass was the easier of the two routes over the mountains to get to the gold fields. The nearby Chilkoot Trail was the more arduous and led to misery, hardship and even death for many a fortune hunter.
Two tunnels had to be built through the mountains. The tracks were completed in 1900. Quite a feat!
This landmark steel bridge, finished in 1901, has been "retired" and replaced by a newer, safer bridge. When it was built it was the tallest cantilever bridge in the world.
At the summit, the brakemen climbed out of our car and unhooked the engine which then chugged past us and hooked up to the other end of the train.
The US and Canadian border
Now, going back down with the engine up front, we have a clear view and no fumes!
Almost back to the depot
Snowplow number 1, built in 1899. Sure get a lot of snow in them there mountains!
A windy departure from little Skagway, which now has a population of just 1,000. It nestles between the mountains and relives the past for millions of visitors.