Denali to Fairbanks
Denali National Park Travel Blog› entry 12 of 19 › view all entries
This was a very unusual day for us. Nothing on the agenda for today until we caught the train to
Trying to find something for breakfast was difficult, as all of the places had either closed by 8 am or were closed for the season. We did find a sweet roll and had coffee, but that was hardly what we’d had in mind.
After eating we strolled around the area for awhile and twittled our thumbs waiting for at least noon to come.
The Denali National Park Visitor’s Center is a very nice place to visit. It may not be huge, but there are plenty of things to see and read about, and there is a movie that runs continuously in a nice sized theater and is about a half hour in length. You can walk in any time and not feel you’ve missed something. The animals on display are done so nicely that you feel any moment they could come alive and move. We spent quite a while looking and enjoying.
Finally, about 2:30 we made our way to the train station. We were going to have another 5 hours on the train so it would be around 8:30 before we arrive in
There were a few others already waiting in the few benches at the station but we found a place to sit. We sat and chatted with several people and compared notes on our trip so far. Most felt like we did that it had been a pretty nice experience.
Now comes a problem. I decided to visit the restroom and found that there was a sign posted on it “Closed for the season”. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Even before the end of the tourist season they had closed and locked the restrooms! That meant having to walk the quarter mile back over to the Visitor’s Center. I could see how much of a pain that was going to cause as the time went on. With more and more people discovering they’d have to do that, the stream of mad people going to the Visitor’s Center was going to be terrible.
Well, the train was late by about 45 minutes so about four o’clock we were onboard and headed north. We again were faced backwards at the table upstairs which meant a few less pictures that Roger would get. Still a nice ride with a couple from