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Published: June 25th 2017
And, our train, that took us from Anchorage to Denali.
Day 2 – Alaska
Today, we left for Denali. The luggage was sent on ahead on a truck since the train did not have a space for everyone’s luggage. We all boarded the McKinley Explorer, not the McKinley Express. The name gives it away. We were going to have a nice slow ride to Denali, so that we could see some wildlife perhaps, and scenery for sure. It took a while to get the scenery to show up. The tracks go through the forest, and most of what you saw were trees on both sides. Sometimes, lakes, and a break in the tree wall, which allowed us to see Moose, Osprey nests, Trumpet swans and a Bald Eagle. He flew around while we were stopped on a side track, and then landed in a tree.
We had lunch in eating area, which is the lower level of the car. Very nice eating setup, and the food was good, prepared fresh on board. Another day of moving from one point to another, but in was slow and the scenery was good. The weather was overcast when we started, but the sun came out about 100 miles from Denali.
The McKinley Express makes no stops, and zooms by but the Explorer is a slow train, showing the scenery.
When we arrived, there were buses to take us to the Chalet. Our luggage was already in the room. The room is nice. Last night, we heard city traffic ALL night long, tonight we opened our window slightly, since we were beside the river, and all we hear is water rolling over the rocks. We ate outside on the deck at the restaurant located on the property. They started a beer flight presentation to see how it would catch on, so we wanted to do what we could so it would not be taken off the menu.
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