Cruising Alaska, Part 3: Skagway & Ice Strait Point

6/29 – Sunday: In Skagway, it was supposed to be sunny, but it got foggy and rainy. Our trip to dog-sled on a glacier was cancelled, so we did two things. First, we took a helicopter ride to a different glacier–the Mead Glacier–and hiked around. This was my first helicopter ride. It was cool. The glacier was freezing cold. The guide told us about moulins, or glacier mills, which are really deep vertical shafts, where you could see the blue glacier ice. We could also drink glacier water if we wanted to, but I didn’t want to put my hand in the cold water.

Glacier water running in to a moulin at Mead Glacier

Glacier water running into a moulin at Mead Glacier

Our helicopter ride from Mead Glacier

Later, we went to a dogsled camp and dog-sledded, learned about Alaskan huskies and held pups. When we dog-sledded, there was a ten-month old husky named Rowdy, who kept jumping up and down and looking behind when he ran. It was funny.

Rowdy is the second dog on the left.

Rowdy is the second dog on the left.

Here Rowdy looks a bit tired.

Here Rowdy looks a bit tired.

My favorite part of the trip was cuddling with the Alaskan husky pups

My favorite part of the trip was cuddling with the Alaskan husky pups

We also 3-month-old pups learning how to run as a team. They mostly wanted to chew on things.

We also saw 3-month-old pups learning to run as a team. They mostly wanted to chew on things.

This is the driftwood building

This is the driftwood building

We also went on another hunt for the Alaskan charms, and saw a few odd sights. There was a unicorn on a car, a building made of driftwood, and a sign read “NOPE.”

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I’ve never seen a unicorn hood ornament before.

Evidently this means “Closed”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devil’s Club

6/30 – Tuesday: In Icy Strait Point, there were a lot of bald eagles and ravens. There were even a few whale sightings. Unfortunately, all I got to see was a little bit of the whale’s tail and some spouts. We went into a few of the stores there, and we saw some weird types of salves. One of them was called “Old Man’s Beard Salve.” There was also a Devil’s Club salve, so we wondered what Devil’s Club looked like. We went on a nature trail and found some. The leaves are HUGE, and their stems are really spiky. Natives wound hang them outside their house to ward off evil spirits because the plant was so spiky.

Devil’s Club stem is really spiky.

Later we had some frybread, which tastes like a less sugary doughnut. We also saw an eagle’s nest. Once we got back on the boat, they had some more trivia. This time it was about The Beatles. We got most of the questions. We should have gotten all of them, but we were tired. We had done a lot so far!

 

One thought on “Cruising Alaska, Part 3: Skagway & Ice Strait Point

  1. Pictures are great! You have done a great job of reporting! I like the husky puppy too! They grow up to be beautiful dogs, that is, if you are a dog person and like to clean up lots and lots and lots of dog hair! Far worse than cat hair!
    Love,
    Grandma D.

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