Leaving Anchorage on the Alaska Railroad was spectacular. We were seated in the dome car with great views. Of course when we passed Wasilla we were able to see Russia… After a few hours on the train we arrived at the absolutely charming town of Talkeetna. This is where they filmed one of my favorite TV shows – “Northern Exposure”. They filmed here for about four years but the cameras kept freezing so they moved to the lower 48. We left Talkeetna in a jet boat that took us to the lodge via three of Alaska’s rivers that converge at several places. The river cruise gave us great views of the eagles and a peek at Mount McKinley. Leaving the boat was interesting as we pulled up to the shore underneath a highway overpass. The lodge was a nice wilderness place to stay. Ain’t Alaska grand?