On the rails again to Fairbanks

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At the Visitors Center they had several nice displays. This of the Dall Sheep.

We had a late wake up this morning, didn't need to rise until eight.  Our luggage needed to be out in the hall by nine am, so we found what we needed and repacked everything else and set it all out.  Then we decided to go down to eat breakfast at another of the places here.  So we climbed on the shuttle and off we went.  But when we told the driver where we were headed she told us that it had already closed for the day.  Only open til 8 am!  So we went to the Main Lodge where we could buy a bowl of dry cereal for $4.50, oatmeal for about that same price, and a cinnamon roll for $4.25.  Coffee was $2.  Nothing else offered, so we went for a roll.  How do people eat a breakfast here?  I think there is a very upscale dinner place that may be open for breakfast but I don't for sure, and I'm not one to pay $25 for breakfast.

Young Dall lambs.
  Maybe the other places have already closed for the season, like so many places around.

After eating we checked out of our room and waited around until noon when we could catch a shuttle bus to the train depot where we had to wait around until 3:15 for our train.  It’s another 5 hour train ride to Fairbanks so we don't get there til about 8:30 this evening.

The Denali National Park Visitors Center is pretty close to the train depot so we decided to stroll through and see what was offered.  They had several nice displays and a film that was about twenty minutes long. 

Finally, about 2:30 we slowly made our way over to the depot to wait for the train.

  Little did we know that because it was so late in the season the restrooms in the Depot were closed and locked for the season.  That meant that if the need should arise it was all the way back over to the Visitors center nearly a quarter mile away.  That meant that all the folks that soon arrived and needed to go created a very irate line of folks headed for the center.  Boy, I sure wouldn’t have liked working there that day.  In Denali it had been nearly an hour late so we knew we had a while to sit and wait.  Here in Alaska freight has right of way over passengers.  At just about 4 pm the train pulled in and we boarded for a five hour run on to Fairbanks.  We were again seated backwards at a table upstairs in a double decked glass roofed car.  When they started asking about dinner we said no because it was way too early for us but they explained there would be a second chance later so we took them up on that one.
A nice mural of Denali.
  We both had chessburgers and fries, which was about the only thing served that wasn't salmon of one kind or another.  We pulled into Fairbanks just about 8:30 and were bussed to our hotel.  The envelope given to us on the train contained our room key for Fairbanks, and the time of both tours we had set up, and also the checkout time and date of our flight home.  They had all the details handled at this stop just as they had had at each place we'd visited.  The hotel is way off by itself so up to our room, settled in, letting the front desk know we wanted a wake up call for the Aurora Borealis, it was off to bed.

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At the Visitors Center they had se…
At the Visitors Center they had s…
Young Dall lambs.
Young Dall lambs.
A nice mural of Denali.
A nice mural of Denali.
An eagle bringing food to the nest.
An eagle bringing food to the nest.
A Moose.
A Moose.
The mountain range
The mountain range
Denali is the high point at 20,320…
Denali is the high point at 20,32…
Some pretty boots.
Some pretty boots.
A lot of small animals too.
A lot of small animals too.
If it werent for the small ones, …
If it weren't for the small ones,…
And the plants too.
And the plants too.
The bear can dig with their claws.
The bear can dig with their claws.
And every scrap of meat is used.
And every scrap of meat is used.
Wolves too.
Wolves too.
Moose
Moose
Moose
Moose
Sled for moving goods in teh snow …
Sled for moving goods in teh snow…
Tipical inside of trappers and min…
Tipical inside of trappers and mi…
Gold mining deep in the park in th…
Gold mining deep in the park in t…
Dall sheep skull and horns.
Dall sheep skull and horns.
A quilt hung on the wall.
A quilt hung on the wall.
The train depot.
The train depot.
Train engine pulling in.
Train engine pulling in.
Train engine.
Train engine.
One of a very few birds still ther…
One of a very few birds still the…
These birds were mooches looking f…
These birds were mooches looking …
Onboard the train we said goodbye …
Onboard the train we said goodbye…
I took this picture of the antenna…
I took this picture of the antenn…
I hot several pictures of this nic…
I hot several pictures of this ni…
And a plant.
And a plant.
An Indian Salmon trap.
An Indian Salmon trap.
Another bridge.
Another bridge.
University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
As we prepared to leave the train,…
As we prepared to leave the train…
I had to take as many shots of the…
I had to take as many shots of th…
We couldnt get off yet, so I had …
We couldn't get off yet, so I had…
Sunsets look good even if they are…
Sunsets look good even if they ar…
I could photoshop them, but they w…
I could photoshop them, but they …
My last shot of the sunset.
My last shot of the sunset.
Fairbanks
photo by: Hummingbird