What’s not to love about Skagway? I can’t count how many times I have been there, yet, I learn something new each and every time and also try to discover a new place. Skagway felt much like a ghost town, due to the late-season arrival of Norwegian Jewel. Many of the shops had already been emptied and closed for the season. The few that were open had great sales. It gave a very different picture from my last visit when the streets were crowded and everything was open for business. I actually preferred this visit as I am not a shopper and I don’t enjoy crowds.
First thing on my mind was to get on the White Pass and Yukon Route train journey. Although I had done it a few times in the past, I find it a not-to-be missed attraction. The scenery always changes and the ride itself is thrilling as the train creeps to a higher elevation. The steep drop-offs along the way add some extra excitement. Fully narrated, each journey has a host with information about the railway, the landscape or the gold rush that I didn’t know before. The weather when we arrived in Skagway left much to be desired. Drizzling and cloudy, I worried about the views from the train. I wouldn’t let that stop me from going, but a sunny day would certainly make for better photos and higher visibility. In spite of all of the clouds and drizzle, the views were still great and the weather gave the landscape a different look. The White Pass and Yukon Route trip comes in a variety of lengths and has add-ons as well. Some get off and go hiking. On one trip, we got off and bicycled mostly downhill back to the town. That was quite the experience. The first time I did it, it was lots of fun. The second time, the bikes provided were not quite to my liking and I never got comfortable with the bike. My journey down to Skagway caused some trepidation. Being late in the season, the options were limited, so this time I chose the round trip option to the White Pass Summit. I highly recommend this trip on this historic narrow-gauge railway.
Check out this short clip of a section of the WPYR. Excuse my thumb; it was a bit scary filming.