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On the Go... Staggering Beauty of Alaska’s Inside Passage

           Reflections Re-imagined!         fascinating insight into how the lumberjacks
        Staggering beauty of Alaska’s       overcame the rugged hazardous Tongass
               Inside Passage               Forest and coastal wilderness Juneau
            By: Ronnie Greenberg            Alaska’s capital city and the stunning
              Photos: Joe Hilbers           gateway to the glaciers, clings to the base of
                                            two 3,500-foot mountains, surrounded by
         From the grandeur of its glaciers to the  true wilderness.  In 1889 a Tlingit guide led
       majesty of its mountains, breathtaking  prospectors Joseph Juneau and Richard
       and foreboding landscapes beckon you  Harris to gold in the mountains. They staked
       on a journey of intriguing discovery  a 160-acre town site and a boomtown was
       through the southerly stretch of Alaska’s  born. Alaska’s capital city since 1906, Juneau
       1,000 mile Panhandle, known as the   is a mix of modern hotels, shopping areas
       Inside Passage. The protected blue-green  and odd narrow winding streets.  The Red
       waterway, sculpted during the last ice  Dog Saloon among the restored 1880’s
       age, weaves along coves, placid lakes,  buildings captures the flavor and lust of the
       flowing rivers, and towering cascading  gold rush days that still lingers here.
       waterfalls.  Awesome stark panoramas of  Sites include: Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau’s
       majestic fjords, snowfields and icefields  most popular attraction. The glacier begins
       dramatically unfold, as calving      high above Juneau, and flows12 miles down
       crystalline glaciers, deep and slick from  the mountains from the Juneau Icefields.
       ethereal ice-blue water, mold around  Though there are many options to explore
       entire mountains. The majesty of lush  the glaciers, the ultimate experience is on a
       green rain forests complete the timeless  spectacular helicopter tour with
       natural beauty of this vast wilderness.  breathtaking views over alpine ridges and
         Nature in all her untamed glory is the  jagged ice spires. Glacier Bay National Park
       heart of Southeast Alaska’s beautiful  has incredible tidewater glaciers and 3
       rugged frontier, interwoven with     million acres of wilderness. The waterways
       glimpses of moose, deer, bears and   provide access to 16 of these glaciers, 12 of
       mountain goats.  Where life and land  which actively calf icebergs into the bay. The
       have remained unspoiled through the  Park and Preserve is the result of a glacial
       ages, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions,  retreat.  Take the Mount Roberts Tramway, a
       sea otters, humpback and killer whales  breathtaking spectacle up to the top of
       thread their way through waterways,  Mount Roberts, towering 4,000 feet directly
       islets and keys. Millions of salmon  above sea level and downtown Juneau.  At
       navigate the furling rivers as hawks and  the top enjoy a visit to the Observatory and
       seagulls screech, and bald eagles soar  Nature Center. Take time for a visit to St.
       high above/                          Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church; and the
          Ketchikan- Nestled in the heart of the  Angoon Tlingit island village to see North
       Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan that  America’s largest bald eagle nesting area.
       grew with the Yukon gold rush, has a rich  Skagway - In 1896 the cry of “gold “made
       fishing and timber history. Hillsides with  the spirit of adventure and discovery come
       steep wooden stairways lead up to    alive in Skagway. It became the departure
       clusters of weatherworn hill-hanging  point of 20,000 fortune seekers who braved
       houses with gable rooftops.  Creek Street  the hazardous and harrowing, Chilkoot and
       stands as the once infamous location of  White Pass trails, on their way to the Yukon
       the Red Light District in this bawdy town  gold fields.  Once a lawless boomtown, get
       of the early 1900’s with “Dolly’s House”  the feel of what life was like in the historic
       offering a glimpse into the area’s frontier  district’s bustling 6-block strip.  Gold-rush
       times.  Known as the “Salmon Capital of  era buildings that once housed saloons,
       the World.” three harbors teem with  gambling houses and dance halls, are
       fishing boats, barges and floatplanes.  sprinkled across boardwalk lined streets.
         Sites  include: Misty Fjords a       Sites include: The White Pass & Yukon
       masterpiece of nature that has been  Route Railroad, a spectacular narrow-gauge
       sculpted by massive glacial action over  railway that came to be during the mad gold
       the centuries.  In this ice-rimmed   rush to the Klondike in 1898.  A 21-mile rail
       wilderness, soaring 4,000-foot sheer  journey from Skagway to White Pass
       granite cliffs are shrouded by a veil of  Summit and back follows the route used by
       gossamer mist. Its terrain has filtered  gold rush prospectors into Yukon Territory.
       waterfalls plunging 3,000 feet, thousands  A narrated trip takes you on a journey
       of alpine lakes; remote bays, twisting  through time, into the perilous canyons and  on a nostalgic journey onboard a  Sitka the picturesque town nestled on
       long fjords, lava flows, and dense forests.  breathtaking terrain, up rugged mountain  vintage 1920’s streetcar, with guides  the West side of Baranof Island is
       Totem Heritage Center’s authentic cedar  peaks, across mountain lakes, along Brackett  dressed to reflect the era. Tour historical  flanked on the East by majestic snow-
       monuments retrieved from abandoned   Wagon Road, past Pitchfork Falls and Dead  gold mining sites and head out to the  capped mountains, and on the West by
       native village sites are beautifully  Horse Gulch. The restored and replica  Gold Rush Cemetery to hear a dramatic  the Pacific Ocean.  A walk around this
       preserved, and artfully relate to the  coaches pulled by vintage steam       version of the area’s lawless past.  Read  charming seaside community reflects
       legends and lore of Alaska’s indigenous  locomotives, wind through dark tunnels,  the history of this brawlin’ town on the  its strong Russian heritage. Native
       people. The Lumberjack Show with     sky-high trestles, crawl narrow bridges and  tombstones of the notorious Jefferson  artifacts can be found at the Sheldon
       master woodsmen demonstrating        snake alongside the old Klondike trail.  The  Randolph “Soapy” Smith, other  Jackson Museum and National Historic
       logrolling, sawing pole climbing gives a  Skagway Alaska Street Car Tour takes you  assorted villains, and hero, Frank Reid.  Park.

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