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This page is to help you quickly jump through this picture set. Below you will see a listing of the pages and the captions on that page.

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    Today we transferred from ship to shore. The morning started off with an early wake-up call. This was the view out our window in Whittier around 4:40am.
    Looking back at the channel.
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    I decided to go for a quick walk around. Here is the terminal building and where the train will arrive in a couple hours for us.
    This is the city of Whittier.
    A fishing boat making its way in.
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    The harbor is quiet this morning.
    A better picture of the terminal building.
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    Looking in front of the ship you can see the road and train tracks that lead into town.
    Looking back.
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    No signs of life out on deck, just passed some of the crew working on the pool area but that is about it.
    It was 5:30am by this point in time..
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    The triangle structure is the entrance to a tunnel that leads out of Whittier. It is 2.5 miles long and is the longest in North America.
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    A closer look. The tunnel was the first to use jet turbine and portal fan ventilation. The tunnel is one way and shared between cars and trains. It alternates traffic flow every half hour.
    One of the first buses to arrive this morning. The tunnel just opened at 5:30 (it is 5:42am now).
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    Our final map on the TV before heading out of the stateroom.
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    Our train making its way into town (it is just after 6:00am).
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    Time to disembark. It was about 6:30am when we made our way through the walkways and terminal building to reach the train.
    Looking back at the ship.
    Time to cross the street and enter the train.
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    The cars are clearly marked and seats are assigned.
    At your table menus and guides.
    A look inside. The tables sat four guests and there was room under your seat for a bag.
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    On the move 7:20am.. one last look at the ship before we head through the tunnel.
    Cars and buses lined up on the Bear Valley side of the tunnel waiting their turn to pass through.
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    Looking back at the tunnel entrance.
    I learned after just a few pictures that the glare from the windows was going to drive me crazy.. so I headed outside and spent most of the trip standing on the platform between cars which gave me a small open area to shoot pictures out of with no glass.
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    Some of the landscape shots with the sun and clouds came out amazingly well considering I was in a moving train being jostled around.
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    One drawback to being outside is I missed the names of most of the places.. but then again odds are I would not have remembered anyways.
    Someones house along the tracks.
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    We had to wait at a siding for a southbound train to pass.
    Here it is.
    Moving again.
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    As we rounded some of the curves you could see the rear portion of the train and other guests out taking pictures.. this one is hanging out which is against the rules.. you are supposed to stay inside the car at all times for safety.
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    There were two engines on our train.. One up front and one in the rear. The front one was used for pulling and the back providing power to the cars. Then when they reversed course to head south the switched roles.
    Of course I step inside to see what is going on and sheep are spotted on the rocks (the some of the white blobs).
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    Back outside.
    This is the Chugach State Park entrance, McHugh Creek Trailhead (that is what that sign says)
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    A goose walking around.
    Back inside and of course another photo op.. a boardwalk to take pictures from.
    Oceanview, houses with a runway in the backyard along the train tracks.
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    A plane parked along the run way (the grass strip, remember this is Alaska).
    We passed by several gravel pits.
    We have reached the outskirts of Anchorage (9:16am)
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    Along the water you can start to see a lot of people. Today was a Relay for Life walk throughout the downtown area.
    The weather was great and the turnout looked high. Many of those walking waved to us as we rolled by.
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    A house that has a great view whenever there is not a train passing by.
    Passing by the downtown area.
    A bag pipe group out playing for the walkers/runners.
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    A brief video as we rolled by.
    The view out the other side.
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    Looking back as we entered the rail yard.
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    Another train at the yard.
    A building for the railroad. There is only one and it is state owned (except for the tourist ones like Skagway).
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    On the move again. Passing by the air force base.
    Some of the hangers on base.
    They were conducting a fire exercise.
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    This was very cool.. a bald eagle came up along side the train and flew along with us briefly.
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    Then he soared over head and I lost him.
    Almost missed this sign.. it says Moose Crash Area. 214 moose killed on roads since July 1 (it does not give a year.. so guessing its since last July 1).
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    A video clip to give you an idea of what it was like where I was taking pictures while we were rolling along outside of town. Very noisy.
    Also had a lot of bugs to deal with... here are some on the lens (they joke that the state bird is a mosquito).
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    The blur in the middle is a moose (not big foot as some have suggested). The camera decided to focus on the trees.. ahh!
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    A small housing development under construction.
    Gas was on par with many areas in Southern California.
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    Took a second to take a wider picture to show where I stood for several hours..
    Christmas lights were up. Not much need for lights this time of year, it is almost always daylight.
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    On the outskirts of Wasilla
    You cannot see Sarah Palins house from the train (or that is what they told us but pointed out the lake it is on... not this one)
    Entering the town limits. For those of you tracking time it was 11am.
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    The train depot (we did not stop).
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    Our train was causing a traffic jam.
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    One of the running jokes when I stepped inside was people would yell out animals.. most were on the side of buses like this.
    There were a lot of references to sourdough all around Alaska.. but no good sourdough bread places that we came across!
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    Entering Three Bears Alaska
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    A large construction project was going on next to the tracks.. no clue what it was.
    A large house under construction across the lake.
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    Where the cars are coupled and the source of a lot of the noise where I was..
    In the distance you can make out the Alaskan Range.
    Our first view of Mt. McKinley
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    Several buses on the road. Assuming those were for us or other guests since there was not much else out here and we were nearing our stop.
    We pulled off into another siding in Sunshine Alaska to wait for another southbound train to pass. Someone had to get out of the train and go throw the switch.
    We then rolled into the siding.
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    Almost all through.
    Finally off to the side and they re-aligned the track.
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    The southbound train came a few minutes later.
    Then we rolled back onto the main line.
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    Passed a truck parked along the tracks.. then realized we were pulling into our stop and this was the service truck for our train.
    Our stop was a gravel parking lot with signs and buses to board.
    Looking back you can see how you disembarked the train and boarded a bus.. while other guests were waiting to board.
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    The first bus rolling out for town. We were heading to Talkeetna. The town has just over 800 residents.
    One last look at the train as we rolled away. It was just after 1:00pm. Part II will include Talkeetna and then onto the McKinley Lodge.

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