During my first visit to Alaska, way back in 2007, we’d planned to travel by train from Seward to Anchorage. If we had, there’s a good chance it would have made it’s way into the upcoming book about my Alaskan adventures, Jaspa’s Journey 4: The Hermit of Kennecott.
On that occasion we got as far as boarding the train in Seward, only to be told to disembark a couple of hours later. A landslide in the mountains had blocked the track, and we had to make trip to Anchorage by bus (which was still pretty spectacular, too be fair).
When we returned to Alaska this year, we were determined to set matters straight. And so we did, riding Coastal Classic the opposite direction from what we would have done in 2007, from Anchorage to Seward.
Here’s the photographic story of our Journey:
The Giant locomotive of the Coastal Classic
A ‘Dome Car’ with its glass roof
Leaving Anchorage in the early morning
Entering the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet
Hanging off the train
Tracks alongside Turnagain Arm
Looking backwards along the train towards the Cook Inlet
Upstairs in our Dome Car
I wonder why it’s called the Coastal Classic?
The mouth of Turnagain Arm
The white blob in the foreground is a beluga whale!
Approaching the village of Portage
What a landscape!
A dead forest, killed by the 1964 earthquake, near Portage
The branch line to Whittier
Heading into the mountains
Just one of dozens of waterfalls we saw along the way
Not a bad view for breakfast!
Rich just had to pop outside to get a photo without a window in the way
Climbing up the pass
A pristine lake in the mountains
Believe it or not the red things in the stream are salmon heading upstream to spawn
The narrowest stretch of our journey
One of several eagles we saw along the route
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This week’s post was inspired by the photo themes Things People Drive from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Through Glass from Nancy of Nancy Merrill Photography, Giant from Patrick of Pix to Words, and Public from Fandango.