Thursday June 2- Rail trip to Seward and Ressurection Bay Wildlife tour.
The Alaskan Railroad is a state-owned operation. They do a great job of running the tourist trains. The train was spotless clean, and the staff, including the High School Girls who served as tourguides in each of the railcars were bright and knowledgeable about not only the local history and geography, but they understood the rail operation and the geology of the area as well. The railroad permits passengers to use the vestibules between cars for photography. That gave me the opportunity to get some pretty good shots (samples below) It is a 4 hour ride from Anchorage down to Seward, then a 5 hour boat tour of the bay looking at wildlife and enjoying a Prime Rib and Salmon Buffet. Then the return train ride to Anchorage. This makes for a very busy day, but to coin a single word...it is Spectacular! We saw Dall's Sheep, Eagles galore, Moose(s), Sealions and a Humpback Whale rounding up his/her dinner. The weather was great with Sunny Skies and temp's in the 70's.
Here is the train-
A really beautiful scene from the seaward side of the train on the way south-
Janet shot this Dall's Sheep and his friends on the cliff overlooking the tracks. The crew slowed the train to a crawl so everyone could see and photo the Sheep-
From the Bay Tour Boat we watched as this Humpback Whale herded his food (fish) against the rocks of an island by spanking the water and rounding them up.. Then he/she dived thru the middle of the school and scarfed up a dinner bite...then repeated the action over and over.
Then it was time to head North on the train. A nice snack of cinnamon bun (fresh) and a soda (Black Cherry Cream) made for a good late-evening nibble.
In Part 4 to follow, we will share the two extremes of Roadfood in Alaska, Stay Tuned !