Of Fjords and Glaciers.. and everything ICE!
Seward Travel Blog› entry 4 of 13 › view all entries
August 10th, 2009 – by: anupa_rk
But there is something about the sight of mountains that just completely enchants me. Right now, as my train to Seward takes me through a glorious view of the mountains of Alaska, I cannot help but recall the way I felt when I first laid eyes on the majestic Himalayan range. Awe-struck. I dont know how else to descibe the feeling. If the beaches made me feel one with them, the mountains remind me of how small I really am! Not just physically... but in the larger scheme of things.. In this grand old world of ours.
I had seen hills before in my life.. As a kid my parents would often take us on long drives through hilly terrain. And we've all seen mountains on TV and in movies... But somehow, nothing could ever have prepared me for my view of the mountains. Huge.... overshadowing anything else in the vicinity.... it sure is a humbling experience.
On my trip to the HImalayas, I did not take even a single picture. I just couldnt get myself to. Because no matter how hard I tried, I just couldnt capture the essense of the mountains... the grandeur as seen by the naked eye. Sometimes I really marvel at the way our eyes capture every detail of the world around us. With the mountains, there are so many hues... so many subtle variations that add to its beauty.. And nothing seems to capture it as the eye does.
And so, I find myself using my camera lesser and lesser on this trip as well. It just seems like a waste to spend time trying to capture something that looks best viewed directly.
I'm sleepy and tired.. and yet, I just cant get my eyes off this landscape. Even as I type this, my eyes wander off to look outside the window every few minutes. And each time, the view takes my breath away. Literally!
The train has now left the main city area of Girdwood and is traversing through the Kenai mountain range. As we pass through the hearts of the mountains, the green hills give way to the dry ice capped peaks.. All wildlife seems to have been left behind and all I can see is a combination of grey and white.
Sleep finally took over and I dozed away the last hour and a half of the train journey. Its 10:50 now. We are scheduled to arrive at Seaward at around 11:10 and then head for the boat that will take us into the Kenai Fjords.
Its been a nice lazy train journey. And except for the fact that I missed a shoulder to rest my head on, and an arm to cuddle against.. Its been nice :)
Oh I almost forgot. I lunched on some reindeer sausages and I didnt really like it much :D. ... Too tough for me. Juicy though
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