Yesterday morning I boarded the Alaska Railroad train in Anchorage and happened to sit next to a guy from Washington with an ATV helmet and found out that I'll be working with him all summer! We chatted a bit over the 9 hour train ride and it was just comforting to know I wasn't entering into this adventure alone. He shared similar feelings of anxiety and excitement. The train ride was absolutely gorgeous and I didn't sleep because I was too afraid I'd miss something stunning like these views:
Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America on a "clear" day! Typically the weather is bad and people have difficulty seeing the mountain. I was blessed!
The view of the train!
Two Dall Sheep resting on the side of a mountain! Not to mention, I saw a moose, but the train was moving so fast that I couldn't take a picture in time.
---Our managers picked us up from the train station and we headed to our new home. I moved into my little room, met what felt like a TON of new people, and we went out and explored the town.
Today I went on a 6 hour hike with 3 new friends/co-workers and here is what I saw:
Moose tracks! It looks small here but it may have been slightly larger than the bear paw below... We also saw a moose from a distance.
A bear track and a few small cub tracks as well, no bear sightings though.