An Unexpected Detour

We woke up Saturday morning to discover that the mountain pass between
Carcross, Yukon and Skagway, Alaska had been closed overnight due to
washouts from all the recent rains. This meant the only way back to our
work place was to take the ferry from Skagway to Haines, Alaska. But
when we called our employer we discovered  that  there were also three
washouts before the resort.
We felt so thankful that we had decided to drive all the way to Skagway
Thursday night instead of waiting until Friday morning, because the
road was closed after us and we would have missed the wedding!
Haines is a lovely village along the Inside Passage of Alaska.
As you can see the folks who live here love boating for both pleasure, fishing,
and touring.
I was supposed to be back at work this morning, but I guess when life
hands you lemons you have to make lemonade. Right?
Traveling between Haines, Alaska and Haines Junction, Yukon we passed
through the St. Elias mountains. It sure doesn’t look like spring here yet.
This drive always makes me feel like I’m traveling between two worlds.
Or, if you’ve seen the Wizard of Oz, it reminds me of when the movie suddenly
changes from black and white to color. The B&W being the cold mountain
area and the color as you drive back into the lush green valley.
As we neared home
we were happy to see all of the washouts were cleaned away and we are
now safely back at the resort. I’m so thankful to the Lord for a joyous
wedding and his protection in all of our travels there and back.
And ‘thank you’ to all of you for your well wishes for Elijah & Laura.
You’re the best!


25 thoughts on “An Unexpected Detour

  1. I met another couple from Whitehorse this weekend. They came to Juneau for a little get away and said the road closed behind them. They were going to wait until the washouts were cleaned up and then head back via Skagway. Glad you made it home alright!


  2. Another beautiful place, Haines. So you have to have a passport now to go between Alaska and the Yukon?It used to be you just needed a driver's license but I thought they changed it after 911. Thank you so much for all the gorgeous pictures…it's REALLY tugging at me though!


  3. Oh- It does make you feel like you are traveling in a time warp, doesn't it? The whole area is just gorgeous and somewhat raw looking in places. I would love to see it in person- xo Diana


  4. Hi Kimberly, So glad you got back alright. You are getting me excited about the sights we might see next year on our inland passage cruise and land tour. Reminds me of Maine as well.Have a great week.Hugs, Noreen


  5. I don't know how I missed the pictures of the wedding. It looks wonderful. Yep when we got married I always thought it was the wedding my Mom always wanted. It wasn't what I wanted but I did what made her happy. I am glad they got to have a special day. I love your pictures today too. What lovely county. I am so glad you got to see your son.


  6. I'm glad you made it safely back home. Haines is certainly a pretty little coastal town, isn't it.Here in Manitoba, it isn't rain that's causing problems north of us, but instead it's SNOW! Our daughter's lodge has been affected by it. Their newest guests are stuck in Thompson, the plane cannot land at the Lodge's runway due to there being six inches of snow on it!Can you believe it?!Have a great day, Cindy


  7. I'm sorry that you have had so much trouble trying to get back home —but I'm glad you made it TO the wedding. Gorgeous photos… Even with the problems you have had, that area up there is absolutely beautiful.Hugs,Betsy


  8. I need to kick it in gear and get to visiting my blog friends. I think you son's wedding was perfect!! I love how couples want just the simply beautiful ceremonies and not all the hoopla! Wow, extended time off. Glad you made it home safe and sound!!! Hope you week is going great!!


  9. Someone was telling me that roads were closed up in Alaska and I wondered about you and then thought…no..Kimberly is in the Yukon..and yet you were there….go figure.I'm so glad you were able to attend the wedding…can you imagine?


  10. Beautiful. My son (Coast Guard) and his wonderful, lovely wife (my daughter in heart) and their 3 boybarians (aged 11, 3, 8 months) live in Sitka, Alaska. I went in September for the birth of the newest boybarian. Haines reminds me of Sitka. So much beauty. I loved it there. I wish I could live there.DianeThe Library LadyMacclenny Florida


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