The train was stopped at Tunnel for
minutes. The crew directed me to depart the train and walk over
towards the river bluff. The fireman walked over with binoculars
and chatted as we looked for the bear until the engineer blew the
whistle. We departed going northbound through the tunnels and
down the grade back to pick up the float passengers.
Between two tunnels, one can see that Spencer Glacier has melted back
at least a mile from the 1920's.
proceeded to Portage, then to Whittier to pick up the Prince William
Sound glacier boat passengers for their return to Anchorage. We
had just enough time to get some food "to go" at
Switfwater Seafood Cafe. Having eaten there several times, the
fried seafood is good and hot! The owners, Don & Margaret
Varlamos, are very friendly and
remember their customers. The walls are
decorated with black and white photographs of ships which plied the
Alaskan waters in years past. Margaret looked at me
and said that I looked familiar. When I travel to Whittier in
2004, I will dine at Varly's again.
2004 marks the return of cruise ships to Whittier as Carnival and
Princess will call there. Ship passengers could potentially take
an afternoon train ride, depending on their sail departure time.
Otherwise, one could take the train to or from the ship to
Departing Whittier, the train
passed through the two long tunnels on the Whittier branch, through
Portage and back to Anchorage.
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