September 14th, 2009 – by: Hummingbird
We took several shots of our stateroom.
We had to get up very early today, 4 am to be exact. If we wanted any breakfast on the ship we had to get it before our disembarkment meeting at 6:15. Ours was one of the first groups to get off because we were taking the extended tour. So we cleaned up, dressed and checked our room for everything and took a few pictures of it before going to breakfast.
The train ride would be about 5 hours long and take us to our first stop, Talkeetna, the town that the television show “Northern Exposure” was supposedly taken from, although they called it “Cicely”. The train was pretty nice, and we rode in the upper deck which had a glass domed ceiling for better visibility. There was a hostess on board who told us about things as we passed them, and told of things to look for.
One of the first was “Question Mark Glacier”, named because of its look. She also told us that all the dead trees we saw were due to the Good Friday earth quake of 1964. It measured 9.2 and did major damage in much of Alaska and killed 131 people. Another interesting thing we passed was named Turnagain Arm which looked like a very large mud flat, mile after mile. It seems at low tide the water recedes and leaves this area completely dry, but as the tide comes back in there is a wave big enough that surfers have been know to ride it for all that distance. She had pictures in a scrapbook to show everyone. We got our first glimpse of Mt. McKinley, or as the locals call it, Denali. We passed the Ulu knife factory in Wasilla, and saw an eagle’s nest that they had to move because it was on power and telephone lines and they didn’t want the birds hurt. They built a special pole and moved the nest to it, but the eagle continues to perch on the wrong one. We also spotted a few swans.