Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Alaska Railroad

We left Fairbanks on the Alaska Railroad. We thought taking a nice slow train ride through the country would be a nice way to experience the scenery between Fairbanks and Anchorage. It really was a great trip. Trains are nice because you’re welcome to walk around as much as you’d like. This is a bonus when you have an active toddler. Harold had a nice time on the train. He wore his engineer’s hat, which looked adorable and got him some extra attention from the other passengers. We sat in quite a few cars throughout the trip but our favorite was the “Tiki Railcar”.

Seemed strange to have a Tiki Bar on an Alaskan railway, but the bar tender said it had been purchased from a train in Florida, so there you go. It had some fake palm trees that had little clear stones near the base. Harold had a great time carrying those stones around, putting them back and then picking them out again. The rocking motion of the train also made nap time pretty easy. We spent a total of 12 hours on the train but it went fairly quick. We had dinner in the dinning car, talked with a few people, got to see Denali (it was a clear enough day so we could see all the way to the top), saw some wild life and many spectacular views. I highly recommend the trip.

Once in Anchorage, we picked up our rental car and stayed with our friend Crystal. We had a chance to catch up and introduce her to Harold.

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