Greg's 2007 Odyssey travel blog

Exit Glacier Nature Center and start of hike to the glacier

Members of our Group with the glacier in the background

Our Group on the hiking path (unpaved portion but level)

The sign shows where the face of the glacier was in that...

The glacier (blue ice) opposite the Exit Glacier

The river created by the melting Exit Glacier

We're almost there - see faster members of our Group in the...

Looking back at the last part of the path to the glacier...

This was as close as we could get (about 30 feet from...

Members of our Group milling about taking photos and photos being taken...

The Group leaving the glacier

Last closeup of the glacier. The blue color is amazing.

The trail down to the Nature Center. Down was a lot better...

One of those photos taken to prove that you were there -...

Our ride to/from the glacier and to the driver's homestead

Our arrival at the homestead and greeting by their Sled Husky.

Their grandkids helping out by manning the pop stand

The 1920 homestead cabin (refurbished)

An interior view of the homestead cabin (about 700 SF)

Seward RV park site

View from the site

It was either my crotch or my face. I chose the latter.

Seward Small boat marina with Cruise ship at end of dock

View of Seward Harbor as we leave on our dinner cruise

RV Park on the "b each"

Following the cruise ship out into the bay

Three glaciers in a row

Our boat almost touches the cliff face. Water depth is almost 600...

Our assigned National Park Ranger narrator telling us what to look at

Bird and sea lion rocks, respectively

Bear Glacier - 12 miles long and 3 miles wide


WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 - DAY 23 - CRUISE

STONEY CREEK RV PARK

Homestead and Exit Glacier Tour.

Wildlife Buffet Cruise. All the food is prepared on board the boat.

This morning we will head out to Exit Glacier and you will have a chance to come face to face with towering blue frozen crevasses, ice melt streams and panoramic views. You will have ample time to visit he Nature Center or explore some of the trails. Outlook trail will lead you to a beautiful view of the Resurrection River Valley.

After visiting the glacier we will head to the Van Deusen's homestead, a 90 year old log cabin home that has been fully restored log by log. Whitey and Micki Van Deusen will share stories of the exciting experiences they have had while living out of the cabin. You can visit with their friendly Alaskan Huskies and learn about this hardy breed. If you have been waiting to see "the Real Alaska" this is your chance. Don't forget your camera!

The evening cruise will begin at the Seward Boat Harbor on the Star of the Northwest. The four-hour cruise will give you a great chance to see wildlife at this time of day. Of course, it will still be light (twilight) and it's a good time of day to be on the water.

The Star of the Northwest will take us into a magnificent world of glaciers, waterfalls, whales, otters, eagles, puffins and so much more. This unforgettable half-day cruise into the Kenai Fjords, featuring famous Alaska salmon and prime rib meal, is truly a "can't miss" sightseeing experience.

Enjoy your wildlife and glacier experience of a lifetime.

***

It has rained all night and is still doing so this morning. The forecast calls for rain all day. Oh well.

I walked to the glacier with the rest of the group. The path started out paved and level then became unpaved and started to climb up hill. I had to take a few breaks along the way but the trip was well worth it. The view of the glacier and its surrounds was spectacular.

From there, we were bused to our driver's home to hear their AK story and view their log home, built from an existing log cabin built in the 1920s. It is a lovely cottage. However, there is no big screen TV inside. There is no TV service at all.

We were bused back to the RV park and shortly thereafter held our group meeting to discuss tomorrow's trip through Anchorage to Houston.

Late this afternoon, we will be bused to the harbor for our evening dinner cruise. The cruise was much like the one out of Skagway. We looked for wildlife but only found sea birds, a few otters, a small group of endangered sea lions and a mountain goat. Buffet dinner of salmon and prime rib was served. The prime rib was perfect. We then headed for Bear Glacier, 12 mile long & 3 miles wide at the sea shore. It was very impressive. It rained on the way back to Seward.

I was ready for this day to end. It was a long one.

Check out the photos.



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