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Hurricane Gulch

The mountains we saw along the train ride were stunning, but this was one of the more breathtaking views along the trip. The stream is Hurricane Gulch. "What is a gulch," you're probably asking, because although one can easily surmise it's a stream of some sort, what qualities must it have to get an odd sounding name like gulch? Webster's Dictionary defines a gulch as a "ravine, especially one occupied by a torrent." The railroad is about 300 feet above the streambed below. It's times like these that a camera miserably falls short of depicting a scene, because looking down into the gulch below and out across the valley and plain to the mountains was dizzying. I don't get dizzy looking at these pictures, just disappointed that I don't

 

Looking across the ravine below, the valley and plain covered by spruce trees stretches out to the mountains.

I zoomed the lens out completely to get the closest semblance possible to a wide-angle view. The gulch valley and vastness of the plain are clearly visible, but I still don't get dizzy or awestruck looking at those distant mountains. I guess the only way you could possibly do this experience justice for you or me is to go to Alaska and experience the train ride along the Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to McKinley Park yourself. All I can do here is whet your appetite, and if you're seriously enticed by these photographs, then there's no doubt you need to find a way to scrape a couple thousand dollars together and go to Alaska, because this will blow you away.

 

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