Photographer's Note

Skagway, Alaska was a port of call.

Alaska’s colorful gold rush history is showcased in Skagway—Gateway to the Klondike. In 1897 gold stampeders from all over the world arrived in Skagway by steamship, bound for the Dawson Gold Fields in Canada. It wasn't long before the rough-and-tumble tent town was festooned with boardwalks, dance halls, inns, and saloons. More than 100 years later, Skagway still retains the feel of those Gold Rush days, though most travelers now arrive by cruise ship.

Renting a car is the best way to explore outside the town. The scenic South Klondike Highway parallels the route used by prospectors in the Klondike Gold Rush. From Skagway to Emerald Lake is only 120km. First 25km was in Alaska side; then crossed border into British Columbia, Canada; finally reached Yukon, Canada. So, we visited two countries (one State of US; one Province and one Territory of Canada) in a single day. Along the way, I saw icy water, snowy mountains, blue and green lakes, train depot, even small desert. Every turn was a stunning view. My pictures do not do the justice.

What makes the Emerald Lake so green is the result of sunlight reflecting off of marl. Marl is the white calcium carbonate that settles on the lake floor. It is created by mixing the limestone remains from the ice age with the calcium in the alpine water.

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