Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Yukon Pass

This morning is going to transport us from Alaska to the Yukon via train. What a ride we have!

Our new little travel group boards a car for the passage. We leave the precious little town of Skagway and head even further north. The views afforded from our train car are amazing and we're offered quite a bit of history from our guide.

We start to meet some of our fellow travelers today along this 6-hour journey. Celeste, of course, bonds with a couple of the most avid photographers as they jockey for positioning on the outside rail, with the attempts to produce the most advantageous records of this stunning scenery. It is a rocky drive but oh, if possible, the views reach new levels of beauty.

A stop for a lunch of stew, biscuits and homemade pie helps refuel and we stretch our legs for a bit with a little exploration of an old ghost town here in the middle of the Yukon. It's cold!!! But, the hike warms and as we load ourselves back on the train for the continuing trek, we are presented with a little Robert Service poetry....The Cremation of Sam Magee...we're in the Yukon now!

Twists and turns, mountain vistas, gorges and lakes - all in a day's climb high into Canada's Yukon - rivaling most everything we've seen so far in our cross country tour of America.

Our rail brings us to a stop in Carcross, where our Tour Guide, Matthew, dutifully awaits our arrival. The full day of visual majesty has caused us to grab a much needed ice cream at this crossroad before boarding our motor coach, our new best friend for the next week. Lisa, our driver, welcomes and perkily describes what we're to expect in our near future.

Today's drive with her will take us into Whitehorse, our stop for the next few days. After our 6-hour tour, this next couple of hours will complete our transportation needs for now!

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