Monday, July 16, 2018

The Great Escape - Day 27: Train to Denali National Park

After a leisurely start of the day in the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, we took the bus to the train station and boarded the Alaska Railroad Corporation's Wilderness Express car bound for Denali National Park.

The day was overcast and would get worse as the train made its way north.  Didn't get much in the way of scenery pics due to low clouds obscuring the interesting looking peaks of either the Talkeetna or Alaska Ranges of Mountains.

 View from one of several bridges we crossed

 The bridge over Hurricane Gulch

 The view from the bridge over Hurricane Gulch

Soon after crossing into the National Park itself, we passed by the 5000 foot tall Panorama Mountain.  The railroad excursion guide made sure to point it out to us as it was really close, and then to imagine three more of such mountains stacked on top of each other to get an idea of the size of Denali.

Soon after the above pic though, it started raining pretty steadily, a nice cold rain and clouds obscuring all the mountain peaks around us.  We slogged our way to our bus upon disembarking from the train; rolled to just outside the park where our lodging is located.

As I type, a pretty steady and cold rain continues to provide "liquid sunshine" to the area.  I hope it clears up tomorrow when we go into the park on their buses to do some wildlife viewing.


RichardM said...

It’s supposed to clear up after today. But they’ve been saying that for a while.

SonjaM said...

The scenery looks stunning, and the clouds add drama to the pic. Nicely captured, Dom.

redlegsrides said...

RichardM, it cleared allright, shortly before we returned to lodgings! :(

Thanks SonjaM, wish I'd been able to view the Denali Mountain though, oh well.