Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Some More Cold

I've been so extremely busy and I havent been able to blog. I'm fixin to leave on a long cycling ride... whooo hoooo!!!

We got to ride an old rickety train through the mountains while we were in Skagway. (fun fun) It was beautiful... but i'm not too hip on going over old bridges and narrow passages high in the mountains!

Here's our train:

See... it's so gorgeous!

This little lady would give you a tour all around Skagway for a teeny tiny fee of $20 each. Richard and I didnt go, but C & P and my mom did. They found out that you can't buy land to build homes or businesses. Pretty much the only way you can buy a house there is if you know someone and they specifically will sell it to you, or you are left a house by death or some other way of inheriting. All the land is National Park territory or Indian Burial ground or something and if a house does come up sale, the price is astronomical! $300k or a little shack. So, when people have to go there to work, they can't afford a house and can't build, so they pitch tents or stay in travel trailers 'out back'. I should have gotten a picture of that... because we passed 'out back' on the train and they do! They have to live like bums almost. So sad.


TC said...

Oh I love the shot of the train in the mountains! :)

My opinion on the housing situation is a bit different I guess. If it wasn't protected against houses being built up everywhere, nothing would be left to see. It's a tough situation for sure.

Grant said...

Since I have you to go out and face nature and take pictures, I get to sit in the a/c and live the civilized life. I can rough it vicariously through you.

Kerry said...

TC: I hadnt thought of it that way, but you're right. They have to protect it cuz construction would be everywhere!

Grant: LMAO. I don't mind being your gopher. I'll go and do and experience... and bring it all back to you. haha I love going! You'd love Alaska though ;)

Bone said...

My boss at a place where I worked several years ago went to Alaska. The pictures they brought back left me with the opinion that it is one of the most breathtaking places on Earth. I definitely want to visit someday.