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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby GregR » Mon 17 Aug, 2020 9:08 am

Thanks old timer!!!

Sheeese... great-great-great granddaughter, you're doing remarkably well all things considered.

I only passed by this area on the train to Chester via Conwy and hope to get back post Pandemic. the reason I said the nature reserve was on google maps pics was an almost identical photo to yours- even had the same rocks in the foreground.

This ones on mainland Europe. Nasty place.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby GregR » Mon 17 Aug, 2020 10:42 pm

Nasty place was a hint.

Think back 75+ years.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby Last » Mon 17 Aug, 2020 10:50 pm

Nasty place 75+ years ago. Sounds like WW2. The sign appears to be in German. That narrows it a little. How about Kehlsteinhaus or Eagles Nest?
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby GregR » Tue 18 Aug, 2020 12:20 pm

Nazi place... Indeed.

Hitler's lair indeedy.

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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby Last » Tue 18 Aug, 2020 7:39 pm

Thanks Greg, next, Europe
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Thu 20 Aug, 2020 11:02 am

Is that the Icelandic flag on the pole?
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby Last » Thu 20 Aug, 2020 11:21 am

Your eyes must be better than mine. We are in Iceland.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Thu 20 Aug, 2020 3:37 pm

Þingvellir (Anglicised to Thingvellir), the original site of the Althing, national parliament of Iceland from 930 AD to 1798 AD.
Contained within Þingvellir NP founded in 1930, designated as a World Heritage site in 2001.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby Last » Thu 20 Aug, 2020 3:51 pm

Correct John.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Thu 20 Aug, 2020 4:20 pm

Thanks Last.
Over to North America, I'll try something left field again. I'm looking for:
1. the name of the approaching train that we're going to board (not the name of the railway company)
2. the tiny local train depot this is at.
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Alaska Railroad "Coastal Classic" approaching the tiny Girdwood Rail Depot en route to Seward, Alaska USA
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Fri 21 Aug, 2020 8:27 pm

There is a name clue in the photo if you look closely.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby GregG » Sun 23 Aug, 2020 1:23 am

I can't resist a picture of a train but this is a hard one John, Ill take a guess and say this is somewhere around Glacier Bay NP, maybe the train is the Hurricane, location not sure but possibly a flagstop somewhere on that line. Passing loop should be a clue but I can't work it out so far.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Sun 23 Aug, 2020 12:54 pm

GregG wrote:I can't resist a picture of a train but this is a hard one John, Ill take a guess and say this is somewhere around Glacier Bay NP, maybe the train is the Hurricane, location not sure but possibly a flagstop somewhere on that line. Passing loop should be a clue but I can't work it out so far.

You've done a good job on narrowing it down Greg.
Not the Hurricane, something more sedate, but Glacier Bay to the east is in the very broad general region.
In fact it was our first destination after leaving the train following the 3 hour scenic trip and collecting our luggage.
During which we had a couple of whistle stops along the way to drop off back country rafters, hikers etc.
But it then required two sleeps on a different mode of transport; around 36 hours or so to get to Glacier Bay.
The first 2 letters of the name of this tiny station are on the signage, if you can make them out.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby GregG » Sun 23 Aug, 2020 5:14 pm

Is it Girdwood?
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Sun 23 Aug, 2020 5:21 pm

GregG wrote:Is it Girdwood?

You've correctly answered the second question Greg. It is Girdwood Rail Depot.
Should be easy to get the name of the train...
(heading to a town that reminds me of plumbing)
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby GregG » Sun 23 Aug, 2020 10:28 pm

Haha, is Seaward sewered? I don't know, nor do I know the name of the train plying between Seaward and Girdwood. Anyone?
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Mon 24 Aug, 2020 1:38 am

GregG wrote:Haha, is Seaward sewered? I don't know, nor do I know the name of the train plying between Seaward and Girdwood. Anyone?

Yes, thankfully Seward was sewered on our brief visit there. I don't know why Alaskans pronounce it like that.
Anyway, a final clue. Click and pick:
https://www.alaskarailroad.com/ride-a-train/schedules
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby Last » Mon 24 Aug, 2020 2:56 am

So it's the Glacier Discovery train?
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Mon 24 Aug, 2020 9:46 am

Last wrote:So it's the Glacier Discovery train?

No, not the Glacier Discovery train. That service doesn't go to Seward.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby Last » Mon 24 Aug, 2020 10:38 am

Sorry, the Coastal Classic? Should have read more carefully.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Mon 24 Aug, 2020 1:27 pm

Last wrote:Sorry, the Coastal Classic? Should have read more carefully.

Yes that's it. I was in a quandary with this as GregG answered point 2. correctly but my primary question was for the name of the train.
So over to Last with credit to Greg for doing the legwork.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby Last » Mon 24 Aug, 2020 1:49 pm

I'll pass it back to Greg. He did most of the work.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Tue 25 Aug, 2020 10:56 am

Last wrote:I'll pass it back to Greg. He did most of the work.

Over to GregG
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby GregG » Tue 25 Aug, 2020 10:58 am

Thanks Last, very generous of you, I think you delivered the coup de grace but I will take a turn if you wish. Stand by.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby GregG » Tue 25 Aug, 2020 3:26 pm

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Here is a picture of on of those serial treehuggers. He probably has been deceived into thinking he is somewhere in his beloved Blue Mountains but in fact he is far far away, 16,950 kms in fact. So please tell me where this public display of arborical affection is taking place. For train fanciers the train station is about 400m over behind those trees, or you can come by boat. Bonus points for the Genus and Species of the botanical participant in this romantic scene.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Tue 25 Aug, 2020 10:20 pm

Probably need to specify a country or a continent Greg, but based on the specified distance I'm going to take a guess at somewhere in or near London.
So maybe the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew? It has a tube station about that distance away and I assume you can get there by ferry on the Thames.
The tree looks like a Eucalypt? Going by the Blue Mountains reference - E. Deanei? Although it normally doesn't branch that low.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby GregG » Wed 26 Aug, 2020 12:13 am

Haha, too easy for you John.
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby GregG » Wed 26 Aug, 2020 12:35 am

Haha, too easy for you John. Yes, it is the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. And yes, the branches are rather low for a Blue Gum, that would because it is a Mountain Gum Eucalyptus Dalrympleana. I saw this tree back in 2016 and as you can see, well, I just had to hug it!
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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Wed 26 Aug, 2020 11:46 pm

GregG wrote:Haha, too easy for you John. Yes, it is the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. And yes, the branches are rather low for a Blue Gum, that would because it is a Mountain Gum Eucalyptus Dalrympleana. I saw this tree back in 2016 and as you can see, well, I just had to hug it!

Just as well you hugged it then Greg, You would have to social distance from it now. How do you elbow bump a tree? :)

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Re: Game: Where-is-it? (international)

Postby johnw » Sat 29 Aug, 2020 9:42 pm

A lot of wildlife locally. Halfway through this 8 km circuit we learned of an earlier bear encounter ahead of us.
This is past that point although we did encounter another large beast best viewed from a safe distance.
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