Corvette Road Trip
Traveling America's Roads in America's Sports Car

Maryland to Alaska and Back in a 1994 ZR-1
Part 6
Just like the last few days, we had the road virtually to ourselves. As we travel west, the mountains are getting higher and we started seeing snow on some of the mountains:

Our next stop was in Teslin, Yukon. Here you can see Teslin on the shore of Lake Teslin and the bridge across the Teslin River. Teslin is home to the largest concentration of First Nation Canadians. First Nation people are descended from the natives that were present prior to the arrival of European settlers in North America:

We spotted some more wild life:

At Jakes Corner, we left the Alaska Highway to head south toward Skagway, Alaska. We drove about 20 miles on the Southern Klondike Highway to the "town" of Tagish on the Six Mile River. Our accommodations in Tagish were a cabin at a "resort". We had to walk to the main building to use the facilities and take a shower. A little rustic, no WiFi or TV, but it worked out fine:

On Wednesday, we drove south on the Klondike Highway, heading for Skagway, Alaska. We entered the Coastal Range mountains. As we climbed up the mountains, we entered the water shed area of the Yukon River. There are numerous long, skinny, deep lakes that were formed by ancient glaciers:

As we climbed, we reached the clouds and the scenery became very striking:
The valley floor that we were driving next to, was an amazing landscape. There was a rocky floor that had been scraped clean by glacial action and very little sand and soil has built up yet. It was a very foreign looking place.

The evidence of the glacier's effect was clear from the scratches on the bed rock of the valley floor:

We crossed the border into Alaska for the first time in our journey:

On the US side of the Border, we climbed up the White Pass into the clouds again and were above the level of the remaining snow:

The snow was left over from the previous winter. We were up pretty high in some parts of our trip. Also, the sun never gets very high in the sky at these latitudes, so there are many places that are always in the shade.

Skagway Alaska is a very small town that is located near the top on the Alaskan panhandle. Cruise ships dock in Skagway daily and the tourism industry has turned Skagway into a boom town once again:


image107The first boom for Skagway was the Klondike gold rush of 1896. Over one hundred thousand prospectors traveled through Skagway on their way to the gold fields of the Yukon. By 1898, a railroad was built to take the miners over White Pass and into the Yukon to what is now Whitehorse. The railroad runs now as an excursion. We road up to White Pass through some of the most stunning railroad right-of-way in America: