Meet Will H. Our conductor on the train ride from Denali to Anchorage. Army veteran. They even slowed the train so we could photograph Denali and two other mountain ranges which were all completely visible on a beautiful clear day.
Although we are back in NYC and I like to keep the blog in RT, now that computer access/internet is available, I want to post some photos I had in my real camera not iPhone.
Today’s iPhone shots taken on the train today
weekly photo challenge:edge of mountain touches sky
Will upload regular camera soon
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.
Holiday travel at peak? Not yet.
That will be this coming Wednesday.
Getting to their platform, getting to their train home. Rush rush rush.
Down in Pittsburgh’s Strip District by the scrap yard and tracks. My car was parked under the old railroad bridge.
Lines, patterns, rhythm, repetition-all those elements we look for in class. Finding these elements everywhere.
I love the light on the cross bar, giving a sense of depth.
This first image is the strongest compositionally. But the others give you a sense of the place.
The hood of my car. Could stand a wash.
Upon entering the Antique Emporium, a lovely woman invited me to have cool water, offered me a glass of wine, the use of the facilities AND there was a basket of free tomatoes.
Obviously I was a a first-timer. “You are welcome to take photographs. ” she said. That was all I needed.
There are three floors and over 75 Dealers’ Booths of everything you can think of- and then some more things you didn’t know existed in the world.
The “like items” are categorized and displayed together, so if you are into political buttons, license plates, or milk bottle collections you don’t have to dig through other stuff. It is so organized and tidy.
Right on the main street which is Seventh Avenue
The first time I ever saw JFK cards, like trading cards for baseball
Please pass the salt and pepper.
Railroad Station Roof Tile They interlocked
Not a customer
Check out all these 45s
Porcelain Asian doll
Everyone had to take typing when I was in high school.
This is just a sampling of what is available.
Meet Jim. If you are in need of a pun, the proprietor will help you out.
Here he is holding a business card that says “You’re worth a million to us.”
See how the LBJ buttons change when you move your angle
Stained glass lamps and wooden spools
Be sure to have a nice chat with Jim. As I said, he’s pretty puny.
The Girls at the Boy Scouts of America Booth- Eyeing Mobile Ropes Course
Michael and Maura eye Goldie and Tiger
We didn’t play any games but these goldfish were foisted on us by a girl who won them. Sadly, both are deceased already(the first within 24 hours) despite the investment in an aquarium with filter and lights and pretty gravel and conditioning the water etc etc.
The Railroad Display
Petting a calf. The calf was a prize in a drawing. No, we did NOT enter the drawing.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
All seven kids on the inflatable chair at the State Farm Booth. And obviously had them pose for this shot.