7.31.2013

Klondike Gold Rush Experience//Alaska

While in Skagway, Alaska, we met a couple that owns/runs the Klondike Gold Rush Experience. Basically, it is a big tourist attraction where they teach you all about the original gold rush to Alaska, when people came to Skagway in hopes of finding gold.
They invited us to come tour the place and since it fit in our schedule we were able to go.
It was very interesting and we had a marvelous time. They gave us our own special guide and were so kind to us!
Above-enjoying the scrumptious dinner that they gave us at their restaurant.

this picture was taken overlooking the village. The big machine to the back right is the gold dredge that was used to dig down and search the river for gold.
It rained for part of our tour and we were thankful for the umbrellas provided.
The guides all dressed in period costume, which made the tour seem very real and authentic.
an animal way of saying "no smoking". =)
A highlight for all of us was learning about the Alaska Iditerod Dog Sled Race.
This guy who told us about it has competed in the Iditerod seven times. 
Above, he showed us the boots that he wears during the race. They were HUGE!
next we got to visit his dogs, and watch them race for a bit.
we put on coats that they provided and spent several minutes inside the "40-below" room, to get a little taste of the temperatures in which people panned for gold in the winter. brrr...
We watched a demonstration of the process used for panning for gold during the Klondike. 
The guy explaining was quite an actor and he had us all in stitches with his very unique accent and jokes.
we panned for gold..and each ended up with about $10 worth, give or take.
enjoying the homemade root beer that they make there.
with our kind host who invited us.
Rebecca was so worn out from the day that she fell asleep as we were driving back to the bus afterwards.

8 comments:

  1. Loved the pictures! When we're on far away trips like that, we have a hard time saying no to Souvenirs - is your family the same way?

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  2. Oh wow, you guys are sure seeing some cool things!!! I can't get over how HUGE that boot is! WOW! Thanks for the fun updates! -Mary

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  3. Wow,it was awesome to see these photos. Love your jacket alli.

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  4. Fun fun! Chelsy... in the second to last pic... Is that Mitchell's hand holding down your hair?!?!? I'm dying laughing for some odd reason... sorry I'm not laughing at you (You look gorgeous, as always) But it strikes me funny... It's probably just a Kaylee thing... =D Yay for brothers!!! I need one!
    We miss you y'all tons, so hurry home won'tcha'?
    Love you all!

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  5. Hi Sheri!
    Actually, we typically don't really do souvenirs. On this trip, we did get a few things.

    Blythe- thanks! It was a thrift store find....

    Kaylee!
    Yeah....he was! Brothers are awesome for stuff like that. And all sorts of other things.:) Don't know what I'd do without mine.

    love,
    Allison

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  6. Looks like you all had a fun time learning about the gold rush in Alaska. Whenever we go to muesams in DC we sometimes get something from the story but not all the time.
    In Christ,
    Lexi

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  7. Oh my. You actually got to meet someone who competes in the race and pet his dogs. Wow! you guys have had a nice trip.
    The homemade root beer looks good.

    I'd love to visit the land up there someday.

    Rebecca

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