Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Adieu Alaska

Alas, it is time to bid farewell to Denali and board the wonderful McKinley rail to Anchorage. The journey today will take about 8 hours, but the comfortable train is a welcome transportation venue and we are thrilled to have this as our exit. The day is beautiful and we are afforded magnificent views as we travel south.

Bloody Mary's once again flow and both lunch and dinner served. This is the way to travel! I love trains...

The day is clear enough to even see Mt. McKinley, towering over the foothills that are the Alaska range and clouds. It looks like a cloud in itself. Truly remarkable.

Salmon spotted in the crystal rivers we pass are an added bonus. All we need is a bear fishing for it's dinner!

A dragonfly lights on Celeste's hand while she's photographing - a sign of the magic we've all experienced. The group is tired but thoroughly enjoys this finale. As our tour is coming to an end, we are all just really getting acquainted and comfortable. It's a shame our adventure is coming to a close. We will stay in touch with several from this group as we have with other new friends we've met on this amazing journey. A little melancholy but lovely at once.

The rail arrives in Anchorage where we rest for one final evening in Alaska before flying back to Vancouver. Our view from our balcony shows water and mountains surrounding and we wish we would have a little time to explore this city. We are surprised by what we find. But, that will need to wait for an upcoming visit - which is bound to happen. There is so much more to see in this grand state and we have barely scratched the service. Next time the Northern Lights!!!!

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