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Alaska - Day 10 - Anchorage to Talkeetna
July 2010
We said goodbye to Anchorage and headed to the train depot to climb aboard Royal Celebrity’s Wilderness Express glass domed train car on the Alaska Railroad. During the very scenic ride through the Alaskan wilderness we ate breakfast aboard the train. When we arrived in Talkeetna we had lunch and explored the small town. We then went to the airport, booted up and boarded a plane to go to Ruth Glacier. As we were taxiing to the runway the flight was aborted due to weather. So we had a dinner at the lodge instead and begged Julie to get us booked on another flight before the trip was over.

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DAY 9 | ALASKA INDEX | DAY 11

05 Wilderness Express Car Interior 08 Elmendorf Air Force Base 15 Bald Eagle
Our train car had a glass domed roof.
Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage
This was the last bald eagle we saw.
17 Three Sisters & Pioneer Peak 20 Three Sisters & Pioneer Peak 22 Valley
These mountains are Pioneer Peak and Three Sisters
These mountains are Pioneer Peak and Three Sisters
The smokiness is from wildfires to the north
26 Trumpeter Swans 27 Homestead 31 Alaska Railroad Train
Trumpeter swans
A typical Alaska homestead
We arrived by train in Talkeetna
33 Downtown Talkeetna Sign 34 Smoked Salmon Sign 35 Talkeetna
Welcome to beautiful downtown Talkeetna
Mmm, smoked salmon.
Talkeetna is a town with only a few streets
36 Shop 38 Shop 41 Talkeetna Ranger Station
The shops in Talkeetna are all very colorful.
The shops in Talkeetna are all very colorful.
The Talkeetna Ranger Station is where you must check in before climbing Denali (aka Mt. McKinley)
42 Fishing Speedboat 48 Nagley's Store 50 Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge East Lobby
This craft looked more like something you'd see in Alabama than Alaska
We had a delicious lunch at the West Rib Deli & Pub. It was apparently featured on Man vs. Food.
This is the smaller East Lobby near our room at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
51 Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Trails 52 Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Fireplace 53 Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Fireplace
The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge has miles of hiking trails
This immense fireplace is in the main lobby of the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
This immense fireplace is in the main lobby of the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
57 K2 Glacier Plane 59 Mom 61 Mom
A flightseeing plane passes our lodge
This immense fireplace is in the main lobby of the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
This immense fireplace is in the main lobby of the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
62 Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Fireplace 63 K2 Glacier Plane 64 Mom
Main lobby of the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
We boarded this plane and taxied to the runway before our flight was scrubbed due to weather.
We looked really happy before we found out our flight was scrubbed.
65 Michael 66 Pilot 67 Pacific Rim Poke
We looked really happy before we found out our flight was scrubbed.
We almost left the ground.
My appetizer at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Pacific Rim Poke consisted of raw tuna, raw salmon and avocado.
68 Frenched Elk Loin 69 Wild Alaskan Salmon & Fingerling Potatoes
My dinner at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, frenched elk loins.
My mother's dinner at the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge, grilled salmon with fingerling potatoes.

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