7 minute video of Skagway, Alaska.
11 minute video of my helicopter journey to Meade Glacier.
11 minute video of my wilderness safari to Davidson Glacier.
It was another fantastic day in southeast Alaska. Today's port of call was Skagway.
Skagway is a small town of about 800 people just south of the Yukon border.
There were a total of four cruise ships in port today, so the tourists out numbered the locals about ten to one.
The population of Skagway doubles in the summer tourist season.
Skagway is a neat little town from the old gold rush days but not really a whole lot to do in the town itself unless you like to shop in those tourist shops. I did a little of that. I found some eagles I would have liked to add to my eagle collection, but didn't know where I would put them so I didn't buy anything.
Of course the first order of business today was another helicopter flight.
As we flew out of Skagway we flew over scenic Lynn Canal.
We spent a lot of the flight flying over British Columbia, Canada.
It was another beautiful flight. We loaded up four helicopters and flew out to the Mead Glacier and landed. After we got out of the helicopters they loaded the people who they brought out on the previous flight and flew them back to Skagway.
After the choppers left we had about 45 minutes to explore the glacier before they came back to pick us up. It was fun walking about the glacier and looking down the crevices that go down hundreds of feet.
The guides on the glacier were wonderful. College kids that work up here in the summer. They spend 12 hours a day standing out on that glacier, usually in the rain, although we didn't have that problem today as the weather was great.
Then the helicopters came back to pick us up and we left Mead Glacier.
That is Haines Alaksa in the picture below. This is the second time that I passed Haines today, but it won't be the last.
Skagway is located in a narrow glaciated valley at the head of the Taiya Inlet, the north end of the Lynn Canal, which is the most northern fjord on the Inside Passage on the south coast of Alaska.
After returning to Skagway I walked around town a bit and then went back to the ship for lunch. The picture below was taken just before landing back in Skagway. The ships are the Norwegian Star and Norwegian Pearl.
After lunch I took a very interesting but unusual tour. About thirty of us boarded a high speed catamaran which took us about forty miles down Lynn Canal to Glacier Point. When you get off the boat there is no pier or anything. They just beach the boat and throw out a plank. As the guides helped us off the boat they welcomed us to the middle of nowhere.
There are 12 residents living at Glacier Point and they are the ones that run the tour. They live there five months out of the year in cabins without running water, electricity or any modern conveniences. Half the fun of the tour was listening to their stories about roughing it in the wilderness. Especially the lead guide, a crusty character with a long beard. After getting off the boat we hiked up the beach and boarded an old school bus which had been converted into an all-terrain vehicle. We took about a twenty minute ride through a dense forrest.
After getting off the bus they suited us up with boots and life jackets and we continued through the forrest on foot.
When we reached the lake we boarded canoes and paddled out to the face of the Davidson Glacier.
It was a really neat experience being deep in the middle of the wilderness with bald eagles flying overhead and a beautiful glacier a stones throw in front of us. We were gone for over six hours and got back to our ship five minutes past curfew. Since it was a Princess sanctioned tour we didn't think they would sail without us.
As soon as I got back to the ship we sailed away. We sailed back down the Lynn Canal where I had just been and passed Haines for the fifth and final time.
Below is a nice picture of the moon over the mountains.
I have 52 hours left on the ship but today was the last port of call. We spend most of tomorrow cruising Glacier Bay. The picture below is another top ten photo, sunset along the Lynn Canal.
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