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Trip Report "Beyond Skagway Tours" - A Great Day in Skagway!

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If you want a really fun, active tour in Skagway, call Becky! I called Dyea Dave a couple of months before our Alaska cruisetour, and Dave told me that he was booked. However, he said his partner Becky might be available, so we were able to book with Becky, owner of Beyond Skagway Tours. Becky had driven for Dave a couple of summers and, as a year round resident, really knows the territory. We decided to go on the 6 hour Yukon Territory tour - 2 families of 4 adults and 2 teenaged girls. $600 for the day ($100 per person) which included lunch. This price is very competitive with Dave's $89 per person which does not include lunch.

Becky picked us up at the pier in her comfy Chevy Suburban. She is very youthful and active, loves being in the outdoors, and added some great hiking elements to our day. She was very flexible with our tour, stopping often for photo ops, and driving us up through the Yukon, to Carcross and Emerald Lake. As we drove, Becky provided lots of info about the area.

Here is how this great day went:

Drove up the Klondike and Yukon Hwy to the summit near the Alaska/Yukon border. Of course, had to take photos at the "Welcome to Alaska" sign! Stopped for a short walk to a gorgeous small lake backed by the Sawtooth Mountains and surrounded by created rock forms in human shape. The forms, known as inukshuk, were traditionally built by Native peoples in the Arctic region and are built here by both locals and tourists. Our teenage girls enjoyed making a human form which stood about a foot tall.

Further along, we reached spectacular Tutshi Lake and River. Becky pulled off the road into one of her secret spots and led us on a hike along the river through evergreen forests - magnificent views unfolded of gentle rapids over boulders, mountain scenery and waterfalls. We saw several moose prints along the riverbank. We reached our destination - a postcard setting of mountains covered in snow, tumbling streams, and waterfalls. Truly one of the most stunning places I have ever seen. Becky was like a little mountain goat leading us the entire way. Did I say that we had a perfect sunny day in the 70s?

Stopped at beautiful Tagish Lake with a view of Bove Island, and then a stop at Carcross Desert, the smallest desert in the world, formed by the remains of the sandy bottom of a glacial lake after the last ice age. Most Canadians have never heard of Carcross Desert.

Lunch at Spirit Lake Lodge - this was prearranged by Becky, and lunch included soup, sandwich and excellent pie. On to the cute little town of Carcross, population 430, 70% Native Canadian. Stopped in at the Visitors Center and met some lovely locals.

Stopped at gorgeous Emerald Lake which gets its multi-hued blues and greens from the mineral content. On the way back, Becky stopped at another of her secret places and took us for a short hike to a couple of perfect glacial pools rimmed by the snow tipped mountains. Becky actually talked the girls into swimming with her in the pool. ("You can mark it off your bucket list," she told them.) So they took off some outer clothing and in they went! Nearly skinny dipping in a glacial pool has to be a highlight of any vacation! What fun! The girls had a blast.

Then we stopped at gushing Bridal Veil Falls, conveniently by the roadside. We made a final stop at the town overlook for a nice view of Skagway and ships at the pier. Becky gave us a great, fun day, and this was truly a trip highlight! I highly recommend her tour to anyone, but especially to active folks and kids who enjoy getting out in nature. Becky is so much fun and loves sharing her world with her customers. We are still talking about the great beauty of the Yukon and the delightful day that we spent with Becky. You can drive this route on your own, but you won't get all the fun stories and great secret spots that Becky provides along the way.

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