The harbor full of boats with mountains in background
Seward is a great place to catch salmon
A barge in the harbor with a bus on top
Beautiful Kenai mountains
Exit Glacier from the trail
Graham at Exit Glacier
Carin on the trail
Graham showing off at Exit Glacier
The Exit Glacier is very cold and blue
Us in front of Exit Glacier
Showing where the glacier was in 2005
Getting tired of the selfies
OK a hug is worth it
Graham closer to Exit Glacier
Iditarod dogs race
We head down the same highway we traveled to go to Girdwood, headed for Seward Alaska. It’s called the Seward Highway Scenic Byway. Again we didn’t see any beluga whales. Must be the wrong time of year.
On our way we see lots of hiking and biking trails. Lots of creeks and very pretty green hills.
After we cross the Ingram Creek we come to the "Welcome to the Kenai Peninsula" sign. We have now crossed the isthmus that separates the Kenai Peninsula from the Turnagain Arm.
It's a rainy day perfect for driving. We planned to stop at Moose Pass to have lunch but it looked like the town is closed. They did have this interesting waterwheel where there was a sign that said "Moose Pass is a peaceful little town. If you have an axe to grind, do it here" We didn't have any knives or axes, and GB and I are still getting along, so we just took a picture.
The first new town about 1hr from Anchorage is Portage. Portage sunk 6-10 feet during the Good Friday Earthquake. The town had to move but you can still see an abandoned horse stable sitting amongst the “ghost forest”. We can see many glaciers from the road and they have the Trail of Blue Ice, a walking trail with several visible glaciers. But since it is raining we can’t take pictures.
It’s only a 3.5hr drive to get to Seward. Seward is sandwich between Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Mountains. It’s one of Alaska's oldest and most scenic communities. As the "Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park" the tiny village is a quaint seaside paradise, with a busy harbor, quaint touristy shops and a ton of adventures into the surrounding marine and mountain environments.
It’s also where the Iditarod Race begins. The Iditarod is a dog sled race that takes place every March in Alaska. It is sometimes called the "Last Great Race." The race is over 1150 miles long. The original Iditarod run was from Seward to Nome in 1925 to deliver diphtheria serum to Nome as the last hope to save the community. It was big news back then and when the serum arrived, headlines around the world announced and celebrated the delivery. The musher and his team were later given a ticker tape parade in New York.
There is also a monument for the railroad that started here to help develop the interior of Alaska, delivering supplies, arriving in Seward by steam ship.
When we get to our site next to the water, you couldn’t see anything because it was pouring rain hard. It made for a miserable day. We have to do stuff in the rain or you will just sit in the RV.
We decided to go to the Alaska Sea Life Center. This was supposed to be really good. Well, coming from San Diego and seeing all our own water life, we were not too impressed. Sorry! We walked through it in about 1 hour and saw nothing that we couldn’t see in San Diego.
We took a couple pictures of a couple puffins that were pretty.
We also walked (raining) downtown Seward and I got her picture taken in front of the Seward sign.
It’s still raining cats & dogs but we want to see the fishing boats coming back into the harbor and unloading on the docks. It wasn’t a big day for fishing and we felt sorry for the people who paid $300 for a fishing trip and didn’t catch anything.
Carin is standing by a wheelbarrow full of halibut that some lucky person caught. These are huge fish!
We saw a few silver salmon hung up so the fisherman and women could get their pictures taken by their catch.
Still raining so it’s a good night for the pub. There are many breweries in Alaska with beer names such as Sockeye Red, Midnight Sun, Artic Devil, Anchorage Darkest Hour, Termination Dust. Graham hasn't tried them all but is working on it.
We have NO utility services at our campground. Just a great view of the ocean.
We wake up with bright sunshine. I didn’t think the rain was ever going to stop last night.
We are parked right in front of the ocean so we can see all the fishing and tour boats going out to sea.
This barge stayed in the harbor for 2 days, supplies being delivered. It’s huge as you can see by looking at the school bus on the top.
Our first sea otter, one of many after this one
The view is breath taking. The mountain is Mount Marathon.
Seward has many touristy things to do, visit the Kenai Fjords National Park, catch fish, and sightseeing but Graham and I have already done so much that we are starting to get touristed out. You read about something big that we might want to see, and it seems to always be a little overblown and disappointing. Still we will do a few things just to keep active.
We want to do some hiking so we head for Exit Glacier where we took a 1.5 mile hike up to the glacier.
This is the most accessible glacier and we can walk to the edge of the glacier.
We have seem many glaciers so we were really just going for the hike. The glacier was nice and the hike was good. The glacier continues to shrink every year.
As the glacial ice builds up, the compression of the lower ice causes it look blue.
Graham went a bit closer to the glacier. I added a red arrow so you could see him.
The glacier is melting and you can see where it was in 2005.
I'm getting tired of all these selfies.
We hopped back into the car for another exciting adventure. We will drive to Lowell Point. The road ends at Seward but there is a 2.5 mile dirt road that goes to Lowell Point. The Point is a small peninsula poking out into Resurrection Bay. We get there and it’s just another old Alaskan “hippie” town with lots of cool old cabins and tons of tenters. You can take a tour or hire a guide to go fishing. Not this time, thanks.
Nice little harbor of boats but no worthy of a picture.
On the way back to town we got splattered from a mud puddle by a big truck. Remember it rained all day yesterday. Time to wash this truck again.
The tourist book says that there is a nice drive with great fishing at Nash Road where we can have a picnic and maybe go fishing. Well it isn’t easy to even see the water from the road let alone have a picnic. We finally found someplace to pull off the road and then hiked through the woods to come upon the ocean. Darn we forgot our apple! It was pretty but nothing big. Not even a picture.
We drove to the end of the road and ran into an old boat graveyard, which was interesting. There were signs to stay out but there wasn’t anyone around so we drove around through the old boats.
Back to camp sitting outside with a glass of wine. It’s 9pm and still light and our little row of neighbors are all doing the same thing we are. Enjoying the evening. One of the neighbors caught rock fish and salmon today. They brought some over for us to taste. It was yummy. Can't wait to catch our own.
Not a whole lot to do in Seward but fish and maybe hike. On the road to Homer tomorrow.