One of the objectives of the trip (for me) was the White Pass Railroad ride. Every piece of research I did for the AK cruise highly recommended this excursion. My wife, wisely, found a variation, which involved riding the railroad up to the top in Fraser, B.C., and then boarding a bus and riding the bus back down the highway. On the way back we stopped at Liarsville and finished with a short tour of the Red Onion brothel. This was a little light, fun, entertainment, which included a meal, panning for gold, and a beer at the Red Onion. Liarsville was an encampment near Skagway which was the last point of civilization before entering the White Pass and the Yukon territory. The story is that it gained its name because reporters who did not want to do the difficult trip into the Yukon, stayed and interviewed returning miners, as if they had actually gone up into the gold mines. Hence, “Liarsville.”
But the White Pass railroad is definitely the draw for the photographer. Again, the weather gods were in a charitable mood. We had mostly sunny skies with lo
ts of blue. These railroad cars have a balcony on either end, and as soon as possible, I “camped” out on the one closest to our seats. I never got back in my seat until we neared the top and they required us to go back.
I shot nearly 400 images (hey, its digital, we were moving, and I’ll probably never be back 🙂 ). If you are as impressed as me by the photographic views, you might agree that it would be worth hiking this pass and spending perhaps a week there!