Disembarkment and Hitting the Rails to Talkeetna

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As you can see, we were on the train early.
Up at 4 am to get showered dressed and to breakfast by 5 am then to disembarkment meeting at 6:15 am. Out to the train and five hours later we would arrive in Talkeetna.  Along the way there was a hostess on board the train that informed us of the things we were seeing and notable things to look for.  One of the first things she pointed out was what she referred to as “Question Mark Glacier”, due to its look.  Then some dead trees that she told us were killed when a giant earth quake measuring 9.2 stuck the area back on Good Friday in 1964.  Another very interesting note was while we passed an area named Turnagain Arm which looked like a large nearly dry mud flat.  She told us that on the low tide the water recedes and leaves this completely dry, but as the tide comes in a large wave, big enough that a few surfers have taken it for the many miles it comes in.  She had newspaper photos and stories of it and I had to take a couple of pictures.  She also shared stories about Moose that had been spotted fighting in a neighborhood recently.  Nearing Wasilla we passed the Ulu knife factory and got our first glimpse of Mt. McKinley.  Another special was an eagle’s nest that had been found along the telephone lines and moved to a special make-shift pole for safety.  We even saw one of the eagles sitting up on the top of the telephone poles.  On along the way we spotted a few swans.
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As you can see, we were on the tra…
As you can see, we were on the tr…
And I had to take a couple of shot…
And I had to take a couple of sho…
It looked pretty nice super early …
It looked pretty nice super early…
Along the way this was one of the …
Along the way this was one of the…
And a river.
And a river.
Can you figure out why they refer …
Can you figure out why they refer…
A major earthquake measuring 9.2 w…
A major earthquake measuring 9.2 …
Here was an article about it.
Here was an article about it.
I cant explain the colors of this…
I can't explain the colors of thi…
More glaciers.
More glaciers.
And the beginning of the Turnagain…
And the beginning of the Turnagai…
As we went by they were mud flats.
As we went by they were mud flats.
The tide was low.
The tide was low.
Easy to see it was very low.
Easy to see it was very low.
But from this picture you can see …
But from this picture you can see…
A few folks have even surfed their…
A few folks have even surfed thei…
Another odd picture from recent Al…
Another odd picture from recent A…
The Ulu knife factory.
The Ulu knife factory.
Out first glimpse of Mt McKinley/D…
Out first glimpse of Mt McKinley/…
Another shot of Denali.
Another shot of Denali.
Nearing Wasilla they had planted s…
Nearing Wasilla they had planted …
About the only color.
About the only "color".
Wasillas welcome sign.
Wasilla's welcome sign.
An eagle had taken up living at th…
An eagle had taken up living at t…
You can see one on the top of the …
You can see one on the top of the…
They tried to keep her off the tel…
They tried to keep her off the te…
Here is another good shot of Denal…
Here is another good shot of Dena…
These old trees are stunted by the…
These old trees are stunted by th…
And even the water has to stay on …
And even the water has to stay on…
Some swans along the rails.
Some swans along the rails.
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Very early along the route from Whittier to Talkeetna on the left side of the railroad tracks lays Turnagain Arm, one of two branches off the Cook Inl… read entire review
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