Thursday, June 12, 2014

Alaska Cruise: Day 6 - Skagway

Skagway is a quaint little town with an Old West frontier feel. They have wooden sidewalks and I fully expected the saloon to have the traditional saloon doors. It probably never did though because Alaska is cold and keeping heat in seems like a really great idea. I actually found Skagway to be cleaner and more well-maintained than either of the previous ports. I suspect this has something to do with the fact that it is much more tourist-centric. Our excursion guide told us only 500 people live in Skagway year-round, but maybe double that come up for the tourist season.

As for our excursion, we went to see the sled dogs. It’s currently their off-season so they are just pulling a bunch of tourists around in a loop on carts. It doesn’t seem nearly as thrilling as pulling a sled through the snow would be but the dogs didn’t seem to mind at all. The cacophony of barking upon our arrival was loud and energetic.

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I think we were both surprised at the fact the dogs didn't look anything like we expected:
Definitely not a husky, mostly just a fancy mutt. Also, this is an awesome picture. Good job Eric!
After two circuits on the dog-cart, we piled back into the vehicle for the ride down the hill to see the puppies. If I’m honest, the puppies were the only reason we ended up on this excursion and I'm pretty confident that I wasn't the only one who felt that way. Our guide joked that if it could, the excursion would just turn into the puppy tour. There were two four-month old dogs, two 12 week old puppies and a litter of 11-day old puppies whose eyes were not even open yet.

The one I held was a fussy little dog, mewling and crying from the moment our guide let me hold it. I eventually got it to calm down a little by snuggling it against myself and keeping it warm. However, the moment I tried to hand the puppy to Eric, it started crying like I was torturing it. I couldn't get it to calm down so I just gave it back to its mom. It was probably my icicle hands. :(

Our excursion concluded, we headed back to downtown to go souvenir hunting. I picked up my remaining requisite ornaments and we headed back to the ship for a relaxing and quiet lunch. After lunch, we lounged around our stateroom until the Zumba class at 3PM. It could probably go without saying, but Eric didn't attend class with me. He just followed me to the gym so he could get in some treadmill time.

There's not much to say about the rest of the evening; it followed our established routine of dinner, walk, casino/tea, then instant sleepy time upon return to stateroom.