This is definitely a highlight:
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.