Sunday, August 2, 2015
Denali Express Railroad
Princess Cruises has many land excursions across the state of Alaska. One spectacular option is to disembark from a Princess Cruise Ship in Whittier and get directly onboard a luxury railroad car that travels north up the Cook Inlet and into the heart of the Alaska Range. This train brings guests directly to Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge just outside Denali National Park. Aliy and Allen have worked on the “Denali Express” Northbound train for years. They share their passion of dog mushing with Alaskan visitors and tell stories about sled dogs, racing adventures and, of course, each other.
Aliy and Allen jump on board at the Hurricane Depot. The Alaska Railroad conductor is a friend and generally slows down enough to let them on! The train then crosses Hurricane Gulch (Milepost 284), goes through Broad Pass in the Alaska Range (Milepost 304), peaks at Summit (Milepost 313), passes the village of Cantwell (Milepost 320) and pulls into the Denali Railroad Depot (Milepost 328). As the train makes its way north through the mountains, Aliy and Allen walk through the train cars speaking to between five and six-hundred guests. They hand out photo postcards to everyone and several lucky guests win SP Kennel t-shirts. The Denali Express Train runs from mid May until mid September. If you find yourself onboard, please take time to say ‘Hello’ to our two Mushers!