I Hear the Train a comin’….. Images of the White Pass and Yukon Railway

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Around this time of year, a few years back, we had the pleasure to ride this narrow gauge railroad, tracing the path of the Great Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. From the Sea Level town of Skagway, Alaska, to nearly 3000 ft (915 m,) this unique experience features  tunnels, “steep grades and cliff hanging turns,” followed by serene meadows; clear, icy lakes; and the snow streaked peaks of Canada’s Yukon Territory.

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To get there from the lower 40 US States, you either have to drive a thousand miles or so along the ALCAN Highway, and then the Klondike Highway; or take one of these awesome vehicles. In our case it was the latter, The Princess Sapphire! – Awesome indeed! 

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ALASKA – A Brief Retrospect of Boats and Gulls

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A few years back, as the ice from the previous winter was melting, we were fortunate to have a bird’s eye view from the deck of a Princess Cruise ship. Some of the wistful private boats and humorous sea gulls in Glacier Bay National Park, were just a sampling of one particularly memorable day.

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Cruising up Tarr Inlet, this capable motor-sailer is dwarfed by the magnificent coastal mountains.

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lies the Grand Pacific Glacier, 25 miles long and 2 miles wide at its terminus, shown here. Not seen here, but only 12 miles (19 km) WNW of the sailboat’s mast, is 18,008 ft. (5489 m.) Mount Saint Elias. Considering the proximity of sea level and the top of the mountain, the perspective is dramatic.


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Of course, powerboats also navigate the ice floes in these waters. Very small by comparison to cruise ships, both the beautiful sailboat and cruiser above looked to be in the impressive 50 ft.+ (15 m.) length.

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Supply and Demand!

Melting ice limits real estate for these gulls.

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It seems quality seafood is ALSO in demand here!

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FOOD FIGHT!

The gull in front, of course, has the morsel while a no holds (or feathers) barred scramble is on!

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Golf at Midnight? Almost!

From our smart-phones, tablets, computers and other such devices, we can now see and read anybody’s posts from around the world in virtually real time, including this. My awareness of the shape and size of our global home has been enhanced with this very inexpensive and seemingly infinite media, as local times and seasons are so varied. 

Yesterday was the first day of Summer here in the US East Coast,  but of course the first day of Winter along  the Australian East Coast, where I follow several photo-bloggers. In Scandinavia, a few more whom I follow, are, or close to,  experiencing the midnight sun.

Just about this date, a few years back, we were almost giddy while playing golf at 11:00 PM, with native jack-rabbits watching on a wonderful course just outside Denali National Park, Alaska. Of course the beverage provided by the eager and smiling grounds keeper had nothing to do with that, but, the uniqueness of just being there; the snow-capped mountains, the pale natural lighting, and playing with great NJ friends near midnight… did!

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