Skagway, Alaska, United States

Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
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Trip End Sep 10, 2009


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Garden City RV Park

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - Skagway, Alaska

We had a free day today and didn't do much of anything except run back and forth to the campground's office to see if Art's Enbrel medication had been delivered.  Express Scripts had told us that it would be sent UPS, but after calling them several times, we were told that it was really coming FedEx and was probably sent to the Juneau post office.  The manager of the RV park had agreed to let us know when it was delivered, but he had been expecting it to come UPS.  He said that he had not checked his P.O. box.  Since the medication must be refrigerated, we were worried that if it had been delivered to Skagway from Juneau that it might be sitting around unrefrigerated and decided to run to the post office to see if they had it. 

The woman who worked at the desk in the post office was completely rude.  She told us that if the medication had been sent to Juneau by FedEx that it would take a good week for it to arrive in Skagway.  She wouldn't even check the back room or the campground's box to see if it was there.

When we got back to the RV park, the manager said that he would go to the post office to check for the package.  It was there!  One of the ice packs had thawed, but the other was pretty much still frozen, so we figure that the medication is still OK.  I guess that having medications delivered is one of the hassles that travelers face when away from home for several months.

In the afternoon, the group had reservations for the Days of '98 with Soapy Smith show,  a one-hour historic musical comedy drama based on the Skagway adventures of Soapy Smith. Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith II (November 2, 1860 – July 8, 1898) was an American con artist and gangster who had a major hand in the organized criminal operations of Colorado and Skagway, Alaska from 1879 to 1898.

The show has been performing in the Eagles Hall for over 25 years. The Eagles Hall was built using the sides of the Mondimen Hotel, in which Soapy lived. It is said that the Eagles Hall is haunted by the ghosts of gold rush era.The production has been running for over 75 years which makes it the longest running show in the North. It is believed that the show started in 1930 as a fund raiser for the local hockey team in Skagway. It was held in the old White Pass Athletic Club with an all-volunteer cast made up of local residents up until 1978, but now professional actors and musicians are hired for the show.

Following the show, we went to Skagway's historic Red Onion Saloon with John and Margaret to have a cocktail.  Built in 1897, the Red Onion Saloon operated as one the finest bordellos in Skagway and though times have changed, the spirit has not. They even have a Brothel Museum.  One of their lovely "madams" takes visitors on a tour of the upstairs and tells stories of the famous women who endured the Klondike Gold Rush while helping the miners quench more than their thirst.

A weary miner could wander into the Red Onion for a taste of “liquid courage” and a dance or two with a beautiful lady. When the time came to cure his thirst for some love and affection, the anxious gentleman would choose his girl in a very unique way. Behind the bar were 10 dolls that represented the 10 girls upstairs. As each customer would choose a doll of his choice, the bartender would then lay the doll on her back, indicating that that girl was “busy”. Once the gentleman came back down the stairs, the doll was sat upright so every customer in the bar knew that she was once again available.
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