This Great Blue Heron has been residing in the Small Boat Harbor most of the summer. Andrew Cremata

 

A guy comes into the rock shop ooohing and aaahing at all the rocks saying what a great place this is for rocks.  The owner told him it is. Then he says it must be a real haven in this area for a gynecologist.
At the rock shop, a female tourist inquired about how to care for the semi-fragile rock she was considering. Off the top of her head, the storekeeper suggested she not drop it. “I mean how do you bathe it?” she asked. The shopkeeper was dumbfounded. After sharing this story with another local, it was suggested that she should have told her to use “soapstone.”
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A grandmother, her daughter, and her granddaughter were observed sharing a bench by the bookstore. When the editor said "hello," they did not stop to look up, as they were all clipping coupons from different copies of the Skaguay Alaskan visitor newspaper.
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A woman, while renting a bicycle, inquired of an employee where the nearest Whole Foods was. The employee responded that the nearest one was probably in Seattle, to which she asked where Skagway does its shopping. When the employee answered that we have the Fairway Market she replied, “I have never heard of that chain.”
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A young man looking at the trail map asked if the white areas shown were glaciers.
“Yes.” said the clerk, happy to talk with someone who had an intelligent question. “Those are the glaciers and snowfields”.
The young man then asked if that is where the polar bears lived.
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A woman comes into the visitor center and asks, “How old is this building?”
“About 110 years!”
“Oh,” she said, “ I can’t believe its still alive!”
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A man looking at the AB Hall then asks: “Is the front of the building made out of antlers?”
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A lady came up to the train station window and said, “We want to go to the Summit”. 
The agent said, “OK”. 
She then asks the price and when told it’s $115, she goes “Whaaaaaat?! I heard it was $4.”
The agent kindly tells her no, that it was in fact $115. 
She then said, “So when you get to the Summit you can see Russia right?”
The agent laughed but said nothing.
The visitor then said, “That’s a joke in the United States.”
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A couple of RVers walk into a visitors center and ask where is a place to dump their RV. A map is brought out and an RV park is identified.
“But they charge,” the couple say with horror. “Doesn’t the city provide a free dump?”
“It takes money to get rid of it,” the person behind the counter says, and the couple go away miffed.
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A woman came into the visitor center and asked if she was near her hotel.
“Which hotel?” the staff behind the counter responded.
“The place I left my luggage at.”
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A man came into the visitor center and asked how tall the mountains are around town. He was told approximately 5,000 feet.
“That can’t be,” the man responded. “The train only goes to 2,000 feet.
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One couple riding the train asked, “How often do the rangers build the glaciers?”
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On a hot day last week, a power company worker heard a visitor say, “I don’t see why it has to be hot here. If I come to Alaska, it’s supposed to be cold. I want it to be cold.”

Brrr….. winter can’t get here fast enough. No, wait, that’s just school starting. We still have a month of wonderful wind left to record. Email the windy one at skagnews@aptalaska.net or blow on by the bookstore between 9 and 6 daily.