Alaska, the Beautiful – travel by rail

The more places I go, the more I am humbled. Oregon is beautiful, but so many more places are ‘gifted’ with amazing nature and Alaska is one of them. Prior to the trip, I have friends who discouraged me from seeing the iceberg phenomenon. Glaciers are receding and icebergs are melted. What am I going to see? Honestly, I had no expectations at all. I thought it was good enough to hang out with my siblings. It is our annual gathering.

Princess Cruise has a good management team and we’ve been pampered by their outstanding service. Tour by cruise is relaxing and I like our a-la-carte dining. I indulged in gourmet food, and nice wine for 10 days and come home without gaining a single pound. No more will I be fear of overeating on the cruise. Don’t head to the buffet court, stay in the formal dining room.

Among everything else we have done, a train ride through the wild is probably my favorite. First of all, I can get out of the train and take pictures on the platform between two passenger cars. The train is moving, but there is no window barrier and oh my, I was so fascinated with the scene that I was frozen in the wind without even noticing it.

Pictures say it all. My humble vocabulary can hardly explain what I witnessed and how much pleasure I’d taken in during that 5-hour journey. I am not exaggerating. It was a total obsession for me.

The train has its charm. It is free in spirit, unique in its travel routes, and powerful in presenting you the absolute beauty that you otherwise won’t have access to.

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