Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 28, 2011

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We had to be at the train depot by 6:00 am Monday morning for our train ride to Seward. The ride was quite enjoyable as the tracks went further into the wilderness and away from the highway. One of our first wildlife sightings was of an eagle in a huge nest. We passed close to Spencer Glacier. The train went through a series of tunnels carved into the mountains. You could glimpse some of the bustling waterfalls, rivers, and streams that blast out of the mountains between the tunnels. Our train also roared beside Bartlett Glacier on its journey to Seward. Several times the announcer implored us to look on the right or left side of the train to glimpse moose, bald eagles, or a black bear. We were able to see the moose and the eagles but unfortunately the black bear eluded our eyes. Kate ventured upstairs into the glass dome car for the majority of the trip. She kept her new friend, Ms. Elise, company as the train rolled on.We arrived in Seward about 11 am and stepped out into the cool overcast day. I had to reclaim my jacket from Taylor so she was forced to buy an Alaskan jacket to keep warm! The electricity kept going out in town so we were lucky to order our food while the electricity was on. I had the halibut and chips, Taylor got a caribou burger, and Kate had shrimp. The electricity proceeded to go off again as we left the restaurant. We strolled the mile downtown to the Alaska Sea Life Center. Here we viewed all kinds of birds, seals, sea lions, and other marine life. Kate even enjoyed being captain of her own little ship for a while! Upon leaving the center, we walked along the beach in search of shells, sea glass, and other treasures. As we strolled back toward the depot, we noticed that many of the shops were closed. It seems that the lack of electricity had forced some businesses to call it a day. We were so tired, we boarded the train at 5 pm and rested in our seats until the train departed for Anchorage at 6 pm. We were able to view Trail Glacier very clearly on the return trip. The girls and I decided it would be fun to eat in the dining car for dinner. After dinner, we headed back to our seats and enjoyed the remainder of the ride back to Anchorage. Greg picked up 3 tired girls at the station about 10:15 that night. Now we can rest a few days before our trip to Denali this weekend.

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