It is with much reluctance that we are leaving the precious town of Dawson City today. A tugging reminder of the freedom we've let go by choosing to tour this area instead of venturing on our own. We would definitely be staying awhile longer if it was up to us.
The good news is we are departing not by motor coach but by boat. The Yukon Queen will transport us down the Yukon River crossing the border and bringing us back into the United States where we will disembark in the little village of Eagle, Alaska.
Our journey on the river this morning will take about three hours and what a pleasurable three hours we have. The weather couldn't be more beautiful, the sights more picturesque, and the boat more comfortable. We inquire if this transportation could not be an option all the way to Denali. Fellow travelers concur. But, alas, not possible. We shall enjoy this leg fully, however.
The little group is getting acquainted by now and the Queen gives us ample opportunity to mingle. The captains graciously allow access into their space, giving us a birds eye view of our route. Either below or on the outside stern deck, we wander, take pictures, soak up the sun and views, and thoroughly enjoy.
Our new friends, Pietra and Glenda, smile for the camera, while Celeste continues to bond with her fellow photographers, Robert and Stephen. This day provides amazing vistas for pictures. Wildlife spotted - eagles, mountain goats, moose - all interspersed within this pristine region of the Yukon.
Lunch is served on board, including yummy chocolate cake for dessert, and the bar is open for drinks. As it is still before the noon hour and a very long travel day looms ahead, we unlikely bypass an adult beverage opportunity. Just if it were a bit later, perhaps...
As we pass into Alaska again, dare we say, it gets even prettier. And, before long, we are docking in Eagle. Customs is a breeze - all should be so easy. A US custom agent boards, actually smiles when checking our documents, and we disembark with mixed feelings. Leaving the Queen is difficult, but the beauty of Alaska beckons loudly!!