Monday, June 2, 2008

Away From the Coast, Its Another World

Yesterday, we left Seward for Anchorage traveling on the Alaska Railroad.
We saw quite a few moose along the way and some amazing scenery. Take a look at the pictures and you'll be surprised to see how much snow was still on the ground. The train only reached an elevation of about 1,000 feet, but the mountains on the Kenai Peninsula accumulate and hold lots of snow.

We reached Anchorage at about 10:30. It was 11:00 by the time we checked in to our room and found a restaurant. So we were eating dinner at about 11:30 and it was still sort of light outside. Their "dark" is not like our dark at all. In the summer, anyway. No flashlights required, that's for sure.

We were a little late getting started this morning, which was cool because we didn't have to be anywhere at any certain time. So we took our time on the 220+ mile drive up the Parks Highway to Denali National Park. The Parks Highway really is not all that picturesque; the Seward Highway puts it to shame. Until you start getting closer to the Alaska Range.

The picture above is proof. Mt. McKinley--20,320 feet--is in there somewhere, but the top is obscured by clouds, as it often is. Still, it is a cool picture.

I'm not sure what is on the agenda for tomorrow, but I am sure we'll find something to do. I can always find things to take pictures of...

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