The day after the wildlife preserve, we took a little road trip to Skagway. So, we went south to Alaska. That little section of Alaska is right between BC and the ocean, and is south of Whitehorse. It was a very pretty drive, and a very interesting little town. Not too much was open yet, but it is very busy from about May to September, when the cruise ships stop there every day. We ate lunch at a little cafe that was open, walked the wharf, visited the Gold Rush Cemetery, and did a little hike to a waterfall called Lower Reid Falls. Since it is spring, the trail was muddy halfway and icy the other half.
Skagway and area is a pretty history filled little town. It and its neighbour, Dyea, were places were the gold rushers filled up on the ton of supplies they needed before hiking the Chilkoot trail. It’s both interesting and sad, because so many people left behind everything for the hope of finding gold. Some died going over the mountains, some died just in the towns, others died of disease. Anyway, we went and saw the trailhead of the Chilkoot Trail, and we were going to go to Dyea, but the road was really muddy so we didn’t. It’s basically a ghost town, no one lives there anymore. So we went back to Skagway and killed some time until the Skagway Brewery was open so we could eat fish and chips. Yum.
On the drive back we came across a perfectly still lake at sundown, which was perfect for showing off a mirror image of the mountains. Beautiful. Then some snow geese flew over and one decided to land and swim around causing all sorts of annoying ripples in our mirror.