ALASKA

August 4, 2009

The Alaska Railroad

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Alaska Railroad – The Holland America McKinley Explorer

Tuesday, August 4, 2009. The Holland America McKinley Explorer dome cars are 18 feet tall and 89 feet long and bear the name of Alaska rivers: Chena, Chulitna, Eklutna, Kashwitna, Kenai, Knik, Kobuk, Nenana, Talkeetna and Teklanika.


The Alaska Railway takes us to Denali and Fairbanks

The Alaska Railway takes us to Denali and Fairbanks

Our rail car has viewing above and dining below.

Our rail car has viewing above and dining below.

Breakfast is served! (Tuesday, August 4th)

Breakfast is served! (Tuesday, August 4th)

Wide open countryside!

Wide open countryside!

I spent a lot of time out on the viewing platform.

I spent a lot of time out on the viewing platform.

Our car had a bar and tender, but we drank water.

Our car had a bar and tender, but we drank water.

Our waitress and the kitchen crew.

Our waitress and the kitchen crew.

The travelling guzzards and one trainee.

The travelling guzzards and one trainee.

Looking backward.

Looking backward.

Passing through Wasilla

Passing through Wasilla

Shaun was our railcar tour guide.

Shaun was our railcar tour guide.

It's a great day for a ride!

It's a great day for a ride!

Mount McKinley comes into view!

Mount McKinley comes into view!

The Talkeetna Rail Station

The Talkeetna Rail Station

How many busloads can a train hold?

How many busloads can a train hold?

The mountains first appear in the treeline.

After Talkeetna mountains are in the treeline.

Denali over the Chulitna River

Denali over the Chulitna River

Only 20% of tourists get to see this unclouded.

Only 20% of tourists get to see this unclouded.

There is some rugged country out there!

There is some rugged country out there!

Often the view is only trees.

Often the view is only trees.

The railroad follows the river.

The railroad follows the river a long way.

Mount McKinley "The Great One" 29,028 feet

Mount McKinley "The Great One" 29,028 feet

Landscapes are amazing!

Landscapes are amazing!

Like I said, I spent a lot of time on the platform.

Like I said, I spent a lot of time on the platform.

This is the photo for our page header.

This is the photo for our page header.

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Out in the middle of nowhere!

Out in the middle of nowhere!

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Low Bridge!

I shouldn't be leaning out here!

How cool is that?

How cool is that?




This is our waypoint for Denali National Park

McKinley Chalets our waypoint for Denali Park


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