Raindrops…

It rained today like I haven’t seen it rain here for a long time. Naturally it was the day I had a “to-do” list as long as a fresh roll of toilet paper. Murphy’s Law huh?!

Skagway Raindrops glistening in the morning light!

Don’t know what it is but raindrops on fresh foliage for me is such a beautiful sight, and if this rain persists as forecast, you’ll be looking at all my raindrop captures shrieking… “mum, how much longer?”

 

Skagway – must be Monday then!

Port of call today is Skagway – Alaska. A town that has been restored to its former glory of the Klondike Gold Rush period at the turn of last century. A town with a population of only 900 (give or take) but receives up to ¾ million tourists annually!

Downtown Sayway - what a glorious day!

With an entire day in Skagway we boarded a train for a trip on the White Pass and Yukon Railroad to the border to experience the Yukon Suspension Bridge. What a hoot!

Yukon Suspension Bridge!

Train travel would have to be one of my favorite modes of travel. Trains have taken me through Scandinavia to Norway; through the Transylvanian Alps of Romania; and even down through Egypt. Today’s journey was no less inspiring.

White-Rail Train Tunnel and scenery!

Back in the late 1800’s very few thought this railway was even possible yet 10 million dollars and two years later in 1901 the project was completed and to this day, still considered a major engineering feat up there with the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and Panama Canal! Check out this bridge…

White-Rail Bridge Construction

At first glance this may seem like any old bridge but a hundred plus years ago this was the tallest cantilever bridge ever. It’s hard to understand why it’s no longer in use!

White-Rail Bridge Construction of Yesteryear!

Returning to Skagway we passed through some extraordinarily desolate landscape. Imagine coming from California in the late 1800’s in search of gold, dragging a horse and the mandatory tonne of food behind you to be greeted with this.

Desolate Plains of Klondike Gold Rush!

It would take a VERY strong man not to ask the question… “mum, how much longer?”