"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Sons of the Pioneers theme for TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon artist's musings melding metaphors and journalism, for readers in more than 150 countries.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

All aboard for Alaska

Two teasers before we climb aboard the White Pass and Yukon train to the White Pass summit on the Canadian border, following the trail of the gold rush of 1898. Both are taken in Skagway, one restored, a rotary snow plow, in much need 3,000 feet above the town. The other is an old steam engine, rusting away, and you have to hunt for it, but  it's on private railroad property, you can find it, as I did precisely one week ago, wandering around Skagway with almost no people out early in the morning. This one grabs me,  with the snow plow, the colors, the silence, the memories, the stories, the history. You can imagine and write your own captions, can't you?

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