Day 2: The Train Up from Anchorage to Denali & Our First Excursion!
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After a quick night's sleep we woke up early to board the bus and train up from Anchorage to Denali!
We were so excited to see the interior of Alaska!
|Rah introducing us to Alaskaaa!|
It was a 6 hour journey, mainly because the train ran on the original tracks of the Alaska Railroad laid between 1903 and 1923 (Read more about the Alaska Railroad here) but it was so incredibly scenic and a great introduction to the last frontier.
|Our group about to board the bus!|
While onboard the train, we searched for wildlife:
|Timed this perfectly to catch the passing train!|
|view from the train car|
|Front of the train about to cross the 300 ft. bridge!|
|Denali looking fab!|
|The ladies Mom, Me, Kae, Rah, and Denali (although not all of us were quite ready)!|
|My wonderful parents and awesome Grandpa Tony!|
|Trying to catch the breeze and the cottonwood fluffs|
|What a view!|
|We made it to Denali, Alaska!|
Once we unpacked at the Denali Bluffs hotel, it was time for our first official excursion. It was something we decided to do rather late since we had traveled almost nonstop at that point. My mom was really great in getting us all on board because it was a perfect end to the day and Tony could join in on this. My grandpa is 88 and is so much cooler than me, I hope to be able to do half the stuff he can at his age!
|Tony and his girls!|
|The Most Adventurous Father/Daughter Duo Around!|
|Stopping for a scenic viewpoint, check out Tony's skillz!|
|The rebellious younger generation took our helmets off when we stopped|
|<3 this picture!|
|Oh how I moose Alaska!|
On the way to and from the ATV site from "downtown" Denali -- which was essentially a half-mile stretch of hotels, tourist shops, restaurants, and excursion offices -- we crossed over the Nenana
River, on which a group of us would take a white-water rafting trip the next day. But that's a story for next week's post...
|You can glimpse a rainbow over that far mountain, so gorgeous!|