There really isn't much to Skagway except for the tourism season that starts in May and runs until September. They live on the dollars brought in by the cruise ship passengers. When the last cruise ship of the season departs, the town pretty much shuts down.
From everything we'd heard or read, the White Pass Railway up the mountain was the excursion we had to take. This is quite the old, historic train. No high speed, luxury cars on this choo-choo.
Sometimes it seemed like we were right on the edge.
|Glad that this particular train bridge is no longer in use.|
The trip up the mountains took two hours. The trip back, only an hour. Gravity helped!
|Jewell Gardens & Glassblowing|
|David showed me how to roll the colored glass onto the initial "gather" of melted glass.|
|Pipes heating, ready to be used to gather molten glass.|
|Under David's watchful eye, I carefully rolled my ornament in the 2300 degree flash oven.|
|Using the heavy tweezers to pinch and twist the glass, adding design with the colors.|
|The blowing part of glass blowing. Yes, I've already thought of every off-color joke.|
|The almost-finished product. It needed to spend the night in the tempering case and will be shipped home to me.|
All told, this marked another terrific, interesting and fun day on the cruise. Once back on board Janet and I exchanged stories of our adventures. She'd done quite a bit of shopping in Skagway and showed off her purchases. Both of us then began looking forward to the next day and Glacier Bay.