Saturday, March 25, 2017

Chug into Saturday and out of Alaska

All Aboard - Tuesday September 13 - Denali to Anchorage via train

We boarded the McKinley Explorer  at 9:30 am. I love trains and this one did not disappoint. We had comfortable seats in a glass open  bubble. The views were breathtaking. Misty clouds, golden leaves, reflecting lakes, burbling  rivers.

"Termination Dust" is a light snow dusting signaling the end of summer.
Look up the Dr. Seuss House in Alaska. You could see it's unique design from the train.
So smooth, we zoomed over look out after look  out. How many vista pictures could I take? Oh, yes, I can bore you to tears.  Go do it yourself.






And an eagle soared by the train as we pulled into Anchorage. So fitting...............

We arrived in Anchorage at 5:45 pm.  A bus took us to our hotel. Back to reality. Not fancy, just a way station.  We did get a reservation at 7:30 at Simon & Beauforts - a worthy last meal complete with sunset vistas. Salmon!!!

Wednesday September 14th was our farewell to Alaska. We enjoyed the Anchorage Museum - a mix of art and native culture. Arctic themes and native Eskimo installations.  We learned a lot and  glad  we went.

Onward to to the airport for an 8:40 pm flight that will last six hours and go through  three time zones.  We land at 6 am in Dallas on Thursday September 15th.
Tired troopers. Our  bags arrived with us. Time for reality, laundry, and sort through our pictures.
So many memories.   Farewell Alaska - what an awesome state
Excellent Ray 60th Birthday Treat

Go book your land/sea adventure now........................

17 comments:

  1. A wonderful joureny with such awesome pictures, Thanks Joanne.

    Yvonne.

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  2. That was the way to spend his birthday.
    Someone else posted this week about a train ride to Alaska. It looks stunning.

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    1. if you love trains and scenery this is the best combo

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  3. Trip of a lifetime!!!!! How awesome!

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  4. Such a lovely view
    http://www.melodyjacob.com/2017/03/small-boy-handbag.html?m=1

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  5. Sure quite the view on the ride through indeed. Great way to spend a birthday.

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  6. Oh wow, what a gorgeous end to your trip. That sun set is amazing

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    1. Thanks. It truly was. And the meal was tasty too!

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  7. Beautiful pictures! What a great trip and adventure! One for the memory books!

    Betty

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  8. Hi Joanne - I gather that train journey is wonderful. A great birthday time for you both ... so glad you had such a fantastic time ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Train ride was the icing on the cake

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  9. Wow! Beautiful photos. You can't ever bore me with too many of those. I'm glad you had such a fantastic trip.

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