Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Alaska Trip: Day Three, McKinley Explorer & Arctic Circle flight
Bags out. Of course, this means whatever is left in the room is hauled with you all day!
Fortunately this morning the Hilton has arranged a private buffet upstairs for our group.
Sure beats yesterday's craziness in the lobby, & gave us a nice parting view of Anchorage.
8:15 finds us on the way to the Anchorage Depot to board
the McKinley Explorer train that will connect us to Denali National Park.
We should see a lot of beautiful scenery from the observation car.
Nests on the tallest perch
Winding rivers below...
...towering railroad trestles.
Bringing us to our next excursion, out of Denali - a flight above the Arctic Circle!
We'll be taking this little Piper Navajo.
We are official visitors above the Arctic Circle!
We got a wonderful tour of the entire town.
They have a brand new medical center, a two year college annex for skilled trades & are
building a new soccer field next to the basketball courts for the young people.
First time I've ever seen a three-story log cabin.
Our lovely hosts were Mary & Richard.
The northernmost point of the Yukon River.
Greg managed to score half of a bear claw necklace, split with another passenger.
This was around 11 pm - the sun never seems to set here...
Fort Knox open pit gold mine.
And is if the journey weren't a big enough blessing, God gave us this on the way to the hotel!
Our first moose!
Time to grab a quick sleep as we are off to Denali National Park in the morning.