After literally having our fill of Talkeetna, it was time to board the Alaska Railroad and the scenic rail cars of our cruise lines. We would be traveling approximately four hours viewing more wild scenery of the outback where a great many Alaskan's choose to live off the grid. Our journey would end at the northern lodge in Denali NP.
As we watched the train roll into the station, I was checking my phone. There was an email from Anneke's sister that their 91 year father had passed away. We had some warning that he was not doing that well after he had fallen and broken his hip a short time earlier. Fortunately, Anneke had made a decision earlier that she wanted to travel to the Netherlands back in February to visit with him for his 91 birthday and enjoy a week with him while he was still with us rather than wait for a funeral.
The cruise line rail cars where equipped with second deck viewing seats and a full bar. Each car had its own dining facility on the first level. It was a very relaxed way to enjoy the scenery. The train trip reinforced how vast and extremely sparely populated this rugged land is.
After a relaxing ride, we were welcomed by the staff of the Denali lodge. From here we would travel the single road into the park to get at least a glimpse of what makes this part world famous. We also received another reminder of the stubbornness of winter. Our planned jet boat river rapids adventure had to be cancelled due to the remaining six feet of ice on the river!