Our Disney cruise to Alaska gave me 800+ photos and lots of stories to share, so you'll see a bit about it over the next week before I get back into my normal crafty affairs.
Our first excursion from the cruise boat was Scagway, Alaska, a town established during the Gold Rush over a hundred years ago. In fact, it was known as "the Gateway to the Klondike."
One of the most notable buildings in town, and apparently one of the most photographed, is the Arctic Brotherhood building, or the AB building.
The Arctic Brotherhood was a fraternal order established in 1899 to protect the rights of stampeders. The hope was to form a more friendly and helpful community. The building is so famous because it is made up of thousands of pieces of driftwood.
We took a brief trolley tour around town, before boarding a bus and heading up a mountain into Canada. (I should probably have paid more attention to the names of the mountains we rode up and down, and the rivers we observed!) Our bus driver told us that the fog on this day was worse than any he had seen in his seven years of driving these tours. It was so bad that he called the company he works for at the top of the mountain to ask them to cancel the later tour that his wife was scheduled to drive!In spite of the fog, we did manage to enjoy the roadside cairns that have been built up by various tourists over the years in the spirit of the Tlingit people who originally inhabited this area.
I am always fascinated by bottle trees, a tradition that originates in Africa and was passed along to the southern United States (and obviously the furthest reaches of the states as well!). I saw this "bottle tree fence" as we took our bus tour through Skagway, and wanted to share it with you.