At Skagway we rode the train to White Horse Pass . . .the route of the '89 gold
rush prospectors. They had to transport a ton of food and equipment each over the pass. Of 100,000
only 30,000 made it. After their horses died, they ate them and carried their goods in 5 mile
climbs. The estimate is that the average prospector, walked 1000 miles to go about 70 miles.
At Wrangell I did some silver picking. The boy scouts own a ledge of gemmy
almandite garnets in schist. They collect and sell them to support their troop and to earn
money for college educations. I bought a nice six inch matrix specimen with three good xls in it,
plus a couple of loose ones. Also, bought a small bottle of gold flakes in water. Would like to
have done some panning, but ran out of time.
Mike you would have loved it. It is a geologist's paradise.
If any of you contemplate going, contact me by email.
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