A Highlight

This is definitely a highlight:

Summit Lake and the Talkeetna Mountains

Now it is basically downhill, over the summit. At Edes Lake the engineer stops the train. Why? “Two caribou on the lake!” Nice. Edes Lake is on a 2,000 ft (600 m) elevation and named for William Edes, a U.S. civil engineer of the Alaskan Engineering Commission which built the Mears Memorial Bridge in Nenana. At exactly 3 pm the train enters Denali State Park. On our right is Panorama Mountain and the Nenana River joins us. The mountain, which at one time was under water, is a quarter of the size of Mount McKinley.

We arrive at the train station in DENALI PARK at 3:58 pm.

Denali National Park is bigger than the state of Massachusetts. Everyone detrains but for me and a couple from Scotland. High on a mountain three Dall sheep, two adults and a lamb, are grazing. You have to be surefooted to make it up there, but these animals have wide hooves, steady legs and a low center of gravity.

The only way to see Healy Canyon is by train. A nice elderly man on the train has binoculars so I have again a great view of a group of Dall sheep high on the mountain. The coal-mining town of Healy follows after a 10-mile (16 km) jaunt through Healy Canyon, where the surging waters of the Nenana River cut through the steep-sided cliffs. Here I write once again the word ’highlight’ in my travel diary.

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