At about 10 o’clock the train passes through Willow, a town established in 1897 when miners struck gold in the nearby Talkeetna Mountains. As I said before, the odds of seeing Mount McKinley are not good but I’m lucky today and I get a first glimpse of the majestic mountain. This snowcapped peak is so big it creates its own weather system.
In September 2013 there was a new survey establishing the height of Mt. McKinley, or Denali as it is also called, from 20,320 feet (6,194 m) to 20,237 feet (6,168 m). The new height has been accepted by the U.S. Geological Survey. The closest we get by train from Mt. McKinley is only 46 miles (74 km).
And I’ve also seen two Trumpeter Swans. Ninety per cent of the world’s population resides in Alaska, so chances are that you’ll see a lot of these beautiful birds.