From the sunny blue skies of yesterday to the rainy gray today the “Valley of Eagles” proved to be one of our favorite stops in Alaska! The gentle rain that continued throughout the day only enhanced the colors of this beautiful place. We drove the Fords eleven miles to Chilkoot Lake State Park. Every turn and curve of the road revealed new sites such as towering mountains sculpted by glaciers, emerald fjords, rain fed waterfalls, soaring eagles, and harbor seals. Salmon fishing was also popular even in the rain. The salmon is at the center of this community and brings in the eagles, orca, and bears which also bring in the tourists.
We visited the several museums today including the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center containing native craft work, pioneer artifacts and mementos of the gold rush. At the American Bald Eagle Foundation’s museum and research facilities, the entire spectrum of animals and sea life is realistically displayed. The room containing animal pelts, antlers and moose “paddles” provided props for amazing photos of Judy (an angel) and Danny (not exactly sure what to call him). The favorite with the guys today had to be the Hammer Museum with 1500 hammers on display! We ended the day with a meal of locally caught seafood and look forward to our ferry to Skagway tomorrow.
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