(Excerpt from my Alaska journal)
We spent five-hours on a train ride to get us down to Whittier to board the ship. We saw a lot more wildlife and some of the most beautiful scenery we have seen so far on the trip. The Alaska Railroad had two trains running in opposite directions on the same set of tracks. Halfway through the trip, we had to pull off onto a side track to let the northbound train go by. There were numerous long bridges that we traveled over. Most of them were close to a hundred years-old. They told us that because of the ages of the bridges, they had to be tested twice a day–once with the northbound train and once with the southbound train.
We got on the ship at Whittier after going through a two-mile long tunnel that went through a mountain. Luckily we had already passed the northbound train. We did our muster drill to let us know where we should rally if something happened, such as the boat started sinking. I have a feeling if the boat did start sinking most people would change their muster stations to right beside the lifeboats. We saw some whales after we left the dock, and I learned the difference between port and starboard. I’m turning into a sailor.
Joel Jurrens author of In The Sticks