More wilderness, and then Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Skagway

Things didn’t go the way we had hoped at all for the weekend. Cathy had hurt her neck somehow and was in a great deal of pain, unable to even sleep, much less go for walks. I got out for a bit of wilderness time on Saturday, and we went down to the annual Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Skagway for a couple of hours that night.

By 09:30 (08:30 in Skagway), the first of the cruise ship tour buses were going by. Most would be on day trips to Carcross and Emerald Lake. This was a fairly quiet cruise ship day, with the Coral Princess, Volendam, and Azamara Quest in.

Small tour bus on the South Klondike Highway
The world fascinates me. Look at the boulder in the next photo, slowly but surely being reduced to sand by Mother Nature. Water gets in the cracks, freezes in the winter, and that expansion expands the cracks until another piece peels off the side of the boulder, joining the other slabs on the right.

A boulder slowly but surely being reduced to sand by Mother Nature.
The boulder is in our regular dog-walking area – the next photo shows a broader view over Summit Lake.

Walking my dog above Summit Lake, BC
I decided Saturday afternoon to get out for 2-3 hours, with the Summit Creek canyons the target. There are at least 3 possible routes in, none of them good. I picked the one that starts at the north side of the Summit Creek bridge, just a few hundred meters/yards from where the RV was parked.

Summit Creek bridge, South Klondike Highway
The milky, glacier-fed waters of Summit Creek are what gives the lower part of Summit Lake its gorgeous turquoise colour.

Summit Creek, South Klondike Highway
This was a very short hike. I had re-injured my Achilles, and that tendon quickly made it abundantly clear that I wasn’t going anywhere.

Hiking along Summit Creek in northern BC
Returning to the Tracker, I drove down the highway to another possible access route at Km 30.1. From there, one of the higher sections of the dramatic little canyons could be seen.

Summit Creek in northern BC
I didn’t get very far – I could barely walk much less hike over rugged ground. I found a survey marker dated 1989, though. What an odd place for one – I can’t imagine what it’s marking.

A bit further up the highway, I spotted a dyke of basalt (the dark rock in the centre). I’d seen it before but had forgotten about it. Signs of volcanic activity are very unusual in this area.

A dyke of basalt in the White Pass
Not willing to return to the RV just yet, I drove a bit further to get some more photos of Summit Lake. The next photo was shot at Km 30.8.

Summit Lake, BC
The next panorama of Summit Lake was created with 3 photos shot at 24mm.

Summit Lake, BC
A friend from Whitehorse arrived to go berry picking while I was at Summit Creek. I’m much too lazy to pick berries and make stuff out of them – I’m happy to buy the berry creations of other people.

RVs parked in the White Pass
It’s prime berry season right now, and there are many varieties with healthy crops in the White Pass.

Berries in the White Pass

Berries in the White Pass
I had been looking forward to attending “Blues, Brews, & BBQ” in Skagway, and Cathy decided that she could handle going even though her neck was still giving her grief. I had tried to get reservations at Pullen Creek RV Park for one night, but they were full. They had space at the other park, Garden City, but to me it’s not worth anything close to the $63 Canadian they charge. It’s a short drive from and back to the RV, anyway. So, we started our visit off at BBQ, with excellent sliders the Skagway Fire Department cooked up.

Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Skagway
There were about a dozen vintage vehicles on display, so they were my next focus. This 1970 Chevy El Camino is very nice.

1970 Chevy El Camino at Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Skagway
The Jaguar was another of my favourites. I’ve always been a fan of British sports cars and had a couple of Triumphs back in the day – a Spitfire and a GT6. The 2 badges from New Zealand are a nice touch on this Jag, and make me curious about the car’s history.

Vintage Jaguar at Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Skagway
Riding in the rumble seat of a Model A Ford looked like a pretty awesome way to arrive! 🙂

Riding in the rumble seat of a Model A Ford looked like a pretty awesome way to arrive at Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Skagway
As well as I thought I knew Skagway, I didn’t know about Seven Pastures and the Dedman Stage. The stage, was built about 4 years ago, is beautiful.

Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Skagway
Still photos don’t do music well, so here’s a bit of sound from Crowd Control.

The sound and the vibe were both great, but Cathy was getting really uncomfortable, so we left about 7:30. We sat in the Jeep and listened for a few minutes but that wasn’t working either, so headed back up into the pass to the motorhome.

Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Skagway


More wilderness, and then Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Skagway — 2 Comments

  1. Great shots like always. The survey marker, if close to the road, likely was was a right of way marker. R/W = Right of Way and PC = point of curvature, the point a which a straight section of road, or tangent, transitions into a curve. They’re real common here in Alaska to mark the limits of the right of way and locate curves in the road.