Skagway – Alaska

Skagway, or Skaggers as I like to call it, was our first port day of our week long cruise.  It was great to get off the ship after being on board for so long.

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Myself, Ollie and our buddies Matt and Chloe hopped off and headed for the hills for a hike.  It was a beautiful day, perfect weather to go and see Lower Lake Dewey in the Klondike Gold Rush National Park.

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We made our way from the ship and through to town to the start of the trail.  It was a reasonably steep journey to the lake upon which time the terrain levels out, but the effort was completely worth it.  In the few hours that we took to walk around the lake we must have only seen about a dozen other people.  It was peaceful and above all, incredibly picturesque.  There were times that you could not tell where the trees ended and the water began because the reflection in the pure glacial water was so clear.  I stopped several times to drink from the lake and it was some of the best tasting water I have ever come across.

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About half way round I suddenly realised that I did not know when I would get another chance to swim in a mountain lake.  Something with which Matt agreed with so we both stripped down to our underwear and jumped in.  After the initial shock of the cold water it was so refreshing, not least because we were hot and sweaty from the hike.  We splashed around for a while much to the amusement of our friends and the people who passed us.  Those same people were kind enough to share one of their beers with us which helped to refresh us that little extra bit.

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After we got out and drip dried off we hit the trail again and continued round. The path became less well trodden around the back of the lake so we had to negotiate some tricky rocks and we stopped a couple of times to rest and to take in the incredible views but all told it only took a few hours.

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