September 27, 2009

Scenes from a Train Ride

After disembarking from the ship, we took a bus ride to Anchorage where we spent one night. Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, with about 50% of the state's population residing there. The next morning we boarded the train for Denali and the National Park.

Our train car was very comfortable and the windows provided some beautiful views. And it even had an elevator to make it handicapped accessible.

Where should we sit? Fortunately the seating is reserved and we were just hanging out after returning from lunch.

The lower level of our train was the dining area. Each car was equipped with a kitchen and the food was delicious.
No naps in the dining car! Though the ride was conducive to some good naps.
Beautiful views.
We rode through Wasilla. No, we didn't see Sarah Palin. Nor could we see Russia from her porch or any other porch.
Small houses and cabins were everywhere.

Two engines pulled the train. Each cruise line has it's own cars.
The train cars behind us. The red plants along the train tracks are called fireweed. It's the first plant that grows after a forest fire.
It was already fall in Alaska - the trees and bushes were changing colors.
Next up is Denali. And my husband's encounter with a vole!

3 comments:

Jo Whitehurst said...

Awesome scenes! The Hubs and I have always wanted to do Denali...now, for sure!! Thanks for sharing your adventures.

Nurse Nancy said...

Beautiful. Need to show this one to JBM...Trains!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TSannie said...

Darn! I was really looking for a Palin photo-op!

The train ride looks like a bucket list kind of thing.