Saturday, September 17, 2011

Alaska and Northwest Trip - Day 5

Okay, I've got 20 minutes to get some more info onto this blog post.  Today, we took a train from Fairbanks to Denali National Park.  This is the park with Mt. Mckinley in it, though the Alaskan official name is Denali.  The views from the train were amazing and we had an unobstructed view from the front of the car.  There was a bar, but it being the morning, most people had coffee or bloody marys, so the bartender wasn't too busy.  This was good, because the best views were from the bartender's station.  The bartender's name was Lindsey (I think that's how it's spelled.)  He was extremely cool and friendly.  So now I know two great bartenders named Lindsey (or Lindsay.)  I will try to post more pictures from the trip as I get better access.  We were able to see Mt. Mckinley from the train, which is apparently very rare.

Once we got to Denali, we checked out the walking trails in the park and then had a forgettable dinner at a local restaurant - The Salmon Bake.  So far the best food has been that provided by the tour.

The Alaska Railroad train engine pulling us around a corner surrounded by birch trees changing color.
One of many amazing views of the mosaic formed by birch, aspen and spruce trees as they change colors.
The birch leaves looking like rose petals near the entrance to the park.
The Nenana River near our hotel.

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