Winter is past, although it did snow today! A few flakes fell, to remind us that winter hesitates leaving, just as we hesitate saying good bye to cross country skiing and snowshoe trips into the forest. Ah, but summer is round the corner and we’ll soon show folks our beautiful backyard!
46 years ago, our family first journeyed to Alaska! A 12 year old me, is in the middle in the off white coat… surrounded by my family and the Mitchell family, who journeyed north with us. It was an epic adventure for all of us. Changed the way we looked at life. We bought nine acres on Chena Ridge, near Fairbanks, back when there were only a few cabins within a five mile radius of ours. No running water, but we did have electricity! I learned a love for the wilderness, state of Alaska and the people who live here!
This black bear, just out of hibernation, grabbed this young evergreen, and began to scratch his back against it! I’ve only seen this happen, just after waking from their long winter’s nap! It must feel so good… This bear went from scratching against a guard railing, to a sign, then to this tree, looking for the best relief.
We are excited to see the snow melt begin in the mountains surrounding Skagway! It won’t be long now! By the time you come on your tour, going “Beyond Skagway”, you’ll see signs of spring thaw in the White’s Pass area, such as in the photo here. I promise, I won’t make you jump in the water tho!
Carcross, a small town that we will see while on your 5-8- hour custom tour “Beyond Skagway”, was named after these beautiful animals, the caribou!
You see, long before man arrived in such large numbers, during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, caribou used Nares River that flows next to Carcross, for their crossing point to get to their summer alpine feeding and birthing grounds.
Back then, Carcross was called Caribou Crossing. It was shortened to Carcross when mail became confused with mail from another town of the same name. Caribou are still crossing to get to their summer grounds, just in smaller numbers and away from the town… You can see them along the Klondike Hwy this time of year, and again in the Fall.
Nope, they have not arrived in Skagway yet! But, in only one month from now, the cruise ships will be departing from their docks, full of people, set on enjoying their vacation by seeing some of the most spectacular scenery in the world!
I am excited that you are considering a tour with us, “Beyond Skagway”! There are some beautiful places, as we drive further inland, along the Klondike Hwy! I hope for good weather and lots of wildlife sightings, but even if neither of those pan out, there are so many other positive things about your day, you’ll hardly notice that the two big ones didn’t happen for you!
This is one of my favorite photo opportunities, taken next to the Klondike Hwy, on our way to Emerald Lake. “My moma said there’d be days like this,” and I’m most certainly glad there are!!! We look forward to sharing many days like this with you, while on your tour with Beyond Skagway Tours!!!
This summer, we have several weddings and vow renewals to plan and that makes us very excited! This is the interior of the little historic church in Carcross, Yukon, that we can use for wedding vow renewals! The stained glass window and organ on the right, came over the Chilkoot Trail, on the back of the men who were heading to strike it rich in Dawson, Yukon. Some didn’t make it all the way, but instead, stopped and created communities on the path that led to the gold. This 115 yr old church tells us the story of such a happening. Consider joining us for a wedding vow renewal in this church, or somewhere outdoors, along our journey. Weddings are a legal affair, and must be performed in Alaska, but we have some very beautiful places we’ve chosen for outdoor weddings too! I will post them soon!