National parks, natural beauty and a bit of Disney wonder! COMPLETED
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Friday 2 September – part four: two hours of the most amazing views!
Soon it was 10:00am and time to get back on the coach, but not before I’d found some stamps and stamped my National Parks passport. We were also given a Scenic Railway passport on the way back on to the coach and got that stamped as well.
We got some wonderful views on the way back to Fraser, with the sun providing some beautiful shots.
We made it to the train and said goodbye to Brian, who had been truly wonderful. We all tipped him and he looked genuinely surprised and thankful, which was such a pleasant change to previous cruises. When we were cruising, both in the Caribbean and in the Med, you got the feeling that people were looking out for it all the time, but not here.
We boarded our train carriage, number 346, as every group gets a different one, meaning that again, we had no children on ours. This really was truly adults only!
We must’ve cut it a bit fine, as we were literally the last ones to board and then the train headed off. Soon we were making our way along the 20 plus mile route, slowly climbing first to the top of the pass and then making our way back down. You didn’t realise how much we were going down until we were near the bottom and we looked back and saw where the tracks were. I guess the fact that we weren’t on the side closest to the edge of the road helped with that illusion as well.
The whole way along, there were wonderful views and we all grabbed seats on the right hand side, as that’s where most of the best views were to be found. It was just spectacular and we were all continually taking photos as we moved along. We all agreed that this was a superb excursion and we were so glad that we had taken it.
Crossing the border back into the States
You could out on to the platforms at the end of each carriage to get photos without taking through the windows and we all took the opportunity to do that from time to time. Unfortunately, this was where we did encounter one very rude guy, who just held his position for probably a good half hour out there. I don’t think we’d have minded so much had he been taking photos the whole time he was stood there, but he didn’t. He just stood there, looking and blocking everyone’s way and we had all been asked to be courteous and to regularly give way to others. Obviously those rules did not apply to him. We all heaved a huge sigh of relief when he finally went inside, only to emerge a few minutes later on the platform at the other end of the carriage. For goodness sake!!
Stopping to pick up hitchhikers (or “bear bait” as our guide called them! )
As we headed into Skagway about two hours after we started our journey, we were told that a US customs official would be boarding the train to check our passports and, because we have to have a stamp saying that we can enter the US, he needed to check that as well in our case. Good grief, he took forever to get to our carriage!