Our guide was quite amusing and reminiscent of a character from another era, someone similar to Jacques Paganel emerging from the vortex of time from the pages of Jules Verne. He had been working here for ten seasons, starting with a summer job, but eventually settling permanently in Skagway, adding to the town's atmosphere with his colorful cowboy hat.
Due to the shortage of available housing and the lack of hotels in the town, the company that invites temporary workers for the summer provides them with modest accommodation that resembles something between a dormitory and a slightly worn-out countryside boarding house, consisting of scattered small, warm but unpretentious wooden houses.
The guide was proud to announce that due to his volunteer work at the local historical society (as an exhibit?), he had been granted the right to reside in the oldest building in the town. And of course, we made an unplanned detour to see his home. But it was worth it. The house looked truly unique.
Close your eyes and imagine a building that you would associate with the phrase "haunted house," not the image of a large, stone house, but rather something wooden in a deserted village. That very structure appears before us, or rather, a miniature replica of it. The house must have had some grace to it at one point, resembling an old lady under a veil and lace umbrella, with occasional glimpses of a wrinkled eye's smile, giving an idea of its lost beauty with the passing years.
This two-story log cabin, as if only thanks to some dark magic, still stands unconsumed by woodworms and termites, with slanting shutters and ominously lit windows that bring similar thoughts of ghosts to most of our group.
As we made our way through the winding roads of Skagway, we couldn't help but feel the eerie magic that seemed to linger in the air. Perhaps it was the way the clouds hung low in the sky, or the creaking sound of the old wooden houses that gave us the impression we had stepped back in time.
Our journey continued beyond the town limits and towards the Canadian border, not far from Skagway. Our first stop was an attempt to capture a slow-moving tourist train as it crossed a mountain creek via a bridge. However, the enigmatic magic of this town still lingered, and at that moment, a veil of white fog draped the scenery below us like the old lady's veil, effectively hiding the train from view.
Nevertheless, the stunning scenery surrounding us managed to captivate our attention, even through the mist. On the other side of the road, a powerful waterfall drowned out the sound of the occasional passing car.
Our initial excursion plan included several waterfalls, but our guide, who doubled as the driver, had other ideas.
We traveled further into Canada, taking advantage of the fact that the Canadian border control was located a few miles beyond the actual border, giving us a glimpse of the Yukon province. The landscape was breathtaking, with rolling hills and evergreen forests that seemed to stretch on forever. Our guide regaled us with stories of local flora and fauna, including the elusive Alaskan moose.
After a while, we arrived at the end of our journey, where the river made a horseshoe bend that created a postcard-worthy view. The landscape was reminiscent of the famous Horseshoe Bend in the Colorado River, only this time without the red and yellow rocks and instead covered in a blanket of lush green moss.
As we continued on the trail, our guide regaled us with stories of past hikers and funny mishaps.
He even told a comic tale of an old couple who had traveled all the way to this location to celebrate their anniversary and take pictures. Eager to help, he offered to film them with theirs iPad. However, in the heat of the moment, he became confused by the buttons and ended up taking selfies of himself instead. The couple was not amused and immediately stopped talking to our guide.
Our guide, realizing the gravity of his mistake, knew he had to make it right. He begged the couple for another chance and promised to make it up to them. He led them back to the same spot and helped them pose for the perfect anniversary shot. They were still a bit miffed but couldn't resist his earnest apologies and obvious remorse.
Nature's Mirrored Beauty: The Lakes of Skagway
The city is blessed with an abundance of mountain trails that offer endless opportunities to explore the stunning lakes and waterfalls in the surrounding area. So if you're up for some adventure, grab your hiking boots and get ready to embark on a journey that'll take you on a wild ride!
Ladies don't need to worry about memorizing the map because all they need to do is stand in front of the mirror and stretch their arms wide, as if to hug the whole world.