Mary and I got a cab to the Anchorage Railroad Depot, checked in our tagged bags, drank a delicious coffee and waited to board the glass roofed train to Denali.
At the start of the train ride there were just nine of us and then 58 joined us at Talkeetna. It’s now the end of the season that started in May.
We decided to get breakfast after an early start
Mary ordered the reindeer/ egg scrambler skillet.
Chef Malachi cooked our breakfasts to perfection! Delicious.
Jerrica tended the bar at the front of the car
Our conductor A.J. He has to get off the train to manually switch the tracks so we could wait on the side as another train passed, going south.
Matthew our excellent server on the left and Crystal our knowledgeable tour guide.
Both of them made it a fun and memorable adventure. The train ride is about eight hours. We didn’t knit or nap, didn’t want to miss a single second.
(Good sports to let me photograph them, thanks!)
We saw a pair of Trumpeter Swans who mate for life.
Their young ones were swimming on their own
After the lunch crowd left the dining car and went back upstairs, I enjoyed a Forest pie with rhubarb, apple, blackberry and strawberries topped with vanilla ice cream. Matt asked if I wanted a lot of whipped cream or a little.🙂
Everyone was so nice, the scenery so incredible. Andy took a photo of us at the table too, which was great for the memory book, but unfortunately I did not take his pic.
We highly recommend the train tour.
Coppelia Cuban Diner open 24-7 where chefs dine after work
14th Street between 7th &
Freshly baked pastries and cheese rolls
Dos Huevos (over) Cuban Toast Chimicurri Home Fries
After breakfast we walked along the Highline where we saw this
Artist Tony Matelli’s sculpture Sleepwalker Sleepwalker sculpture wakes you up article
The Pennsylvania wildflowers were painted on her beehives -see the Wildflower paintings on Beehives by Joan
Here’s one jar of the thirty pounds of honey she harvested with the help of two fellow bee experts.
They brought their extractor with them to show and teach her how to harvest the honey.
She shared the honey with them and learned how to do it herself but was best with the team. (I’m sorry I don’t recall how long it took but a few hours.)
In case you want to learn how watch video
Under new ownership as of last Monday- Jeff Gallagher is the new owner of JUKE records– click to read Post-Gazette article.
There are hardback books, CDs and cassette tapes, too. Check it out for a walk down memory lane.
The Bocce Tournament is Saturday. We missed the celebrity bocce on Thursday night with Mayor Peduto and Franco Harris. Heard it was fun
Anthony and Adam Marino. Twins/brothers. I was able to show them photos from previous years. See links above.
Did you know?
Nana’s Place by Gibsons- Homemade Soul Food in Bloomfield.
Takeout. Call your order in and pick up. A nice place to sit and wait, pictured below.Cash only which is always good to know ahead of time. I’m going to return another day and photograph the women cooking and working for the People at Work series, THANK YOU.
“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends….”live music across the street
Wood Fired Pizza below.
WordPress not looking for the glorious sunrise photos this week.
Jean Marc Chatellier – Almond brioche
One glorious sunrise St.George Island –
Narrow: post 2
Wider, thicker, fatter, heavier would be better-it was so good.
Desired characteristics for the narrow ice cream sandwich, not me!
Guess that’s why they keep the amount of ice cream slim.
Yetter’s in Millvale, PASaturday morning.
I wanted my grandchildren to see an old time soda fountain. It was too early for ice cream so we bought some things to-go, for later after the Children’s Museum-snacks, bottles of water, chocolate coins and some sour patch kids from the candy selection.
We will return for ice cream before they head home.
Five years ago I tried to create a recipe blog from my grandmother’s wooden recipe box and my mother’s recipe cards. I’d forgotten all about it until today when I got a notice from WordPress. Try this link to the blog A friend wrote she had trouble
getting to it
I didn’t stick with this blog for very long.
There were SIX followers. Throwback seemed as if the recipes weren’t really relevant nowadays.
It stopped seeming like such a cool idea.
But today I got a notice “Your stats are BOOMING!” On the Throwback Recipes blog. Rhubarb Cake recipe and the home page
And 65 hits (that’s booming after zero) are from El Salvador, 2 are from United States and 1 from Australia. And in just ONE hour.
So thought I would share about my abandoned blog that got rediscovered today.
Did you ever start a blog and abandon it?
It’s always nice to receive those notices from WordPress.
Here is the Chocolate Pound Cake recipe my mother made
Weekly photo challenge : Opposites
(Great challenge Ben H.)
People at Work series. Sunday morning at Fleatique-Tarentum PA,
A former colleague, Jen, called yesterday evening to see if I wanted to go to Fleatique and I’d never been. Jen’s been going since her daughter was in a stroller and she’s now headed to High School in the fall.
Meet Dustin Hall. Two Korny Kettle Korn.
You’ll find him at Festivals, Fund Raisers, Arts and Craft Shows, Car Shows, Bazaars and Charity Events. He gets the kettles from a place in Ohio and he told me they are not old as I thought. It’s hot work. His son and daughter help him at his booth.
Thanks Dustin for allowing me to photograph the making of the kettle korn today.