Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Klondike Highway to Skagway, AK

Before we departed Watson Lake, we made a visit to the Sign Post Forest.  When we were in Dawson Creek, we purchased supplies to make our own sign addition to this quirky landmark along the Alaska Highway.

A frequent question travelers ask before they embark on this journey is "How are the roads up there?"  We have encountered some road construction and some of the famous "frost heaves".  Everything is well marked and Ronnie certainly slows down to avoid hitting the potholes.  We've been told however, the frost heaves get much worse once you leave Whitehorse.

The town of Whitehorse provided our next rest stop.  We stayed 3 nights at Pioneer RV Park which offered an RV wash and fair Internet connection.  We enjoyed 2 good meals in town (pizza and fish&chips) and strolled around checking out some of the shops and art galleries. 

A highlight of our short time in Whitehorse was a day trip south to Skagway, Alaska.  It's about 100 miles one way down the Yukon Highway 2.
Here are some photos of our drive and time in Skagway.

This old snow plow got our attention.

This is the famous White Pass.  The prospectors also called it "Dead Horse Pass" because so many horses died here trying to haul the mining supplies over to the gold fields.

Once you cross the border into Alaska, the altitude of the road drops and there is less snowfall and more greenery.

Skagway, Alaska offers many options for historical and nature tours, historical points of interests relating to the Klondike Gold Rush Days and lots of jewelry shopping.  It is now a major stop for the Alaska Cruise Ship industry too.  Two ships were in town when we stopped by.  The weather was a bit dreary with it being very cool and drizzly this day.

We stumbled upon this unusual rock and mineral shop.

We were fascinated with this "snow-plow" train.

The drive back was rainy so no photos.  Time to pack up and "Eas-on Down The Road" to Tok, Alaska.
More Later.


  1. Wow. Absolutely gorgeous photos. I can see the "fuzziness" you mention in your pics, but I'm not sure you should replace the ones here in this blog post. They almost look like paintings. Beautiful. :)

  2. I wouldn't replace the photos either. They look perfect to me.