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North America » United States » Alaska » Seward June 22nd 2016

Every stop along our chosen path seems to take on a theme of its own and Seward was no exception. This little harbor town, known for its ice free, mountain protected fjord, Resurrection Bay, and the massive September run of Silver Salmon, ended up being a marine wildlife photography buffet so please forgive us for our over-indulgence. We rolled out of Soldotna after one more stop at Michelle’s favorite place, The Moose is Loose Bakery (where we also over-indulged), and took our time cruising the Seward Highway, stopping for pictures of the breathtaking views along the way. It truly is a scenic byway as advertised. It rained off and on our first two days but we made the most of it by going to an inside attraction, the Seward Marine Life Center. This is a great ... read more
Ressurrection Harbor on the way into Seward
Panoramic view of Seward Harbor
On the trail to the glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward September 22nd 2015

The Kenai Fjords Glacier Tour was one of the first - and one of the most expensive - excursions that we had arranged for this trip, and it was easily one of the best. We were only minutes into the six hour tour of Seward's coves and islands when the captain announced that we had found our first whale. We headed to the deck just in time to see a Pacific humpback whale breach the surface just off the bow, only a few feet from where we were stood. There were two other humpbacks in the harbour and we spent at least half an hour watching them flash their tails and blow plumes of spray up into the air before heading out into the water. It was a bright, sunny day and everything was crystal clear, ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward August 4th 2015

Another 171 miles and we were in Seward, a small harbor town near the Kenai Fjords National Park. We were here for two nights, so we booked another 6 hour cruise through the Kenai Fjords. I'm sure Jim did this mostly for me, but he was a good sport about another long boat ride. We had another beautiful sunny day to be back out on the water, and ended up seeing lots and lots of sea life. In fact, we saw so many whales that I lost count. On this trip we saw orca, humpback and what the crew said some rare sightings of two fin whales. It was great! Again we pulled up near a tidal glacier to watch as pieces fell into the water. What a change in temperature as we got closer ... ... read more
Holding Glacier Ice
At Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 27th 2015

Seward is a lovely port city nestled within Resurrection Bay on the southeast side of the Kenai Peninsula. It’s the self-proclaimed mural capital of Alaska and has a beautiful marine SeaLife Center. When we arrived, we drove out to the Silver Derby Campground but with large rocks on the narrow access road, we decided to return to the Waterfront Park campground in the center of town. This had its own drawbacks as the sites were crowded, many with large families. But the very worst aspect only became apparent at curfew; there was no one enforcing it. Vehicles came and went at all hours, groups loudly discussing their fishing exploits and kids playing basketball in the late light. We had paid for three nights. The second day was a rain-out so we spent it in the gorgeous ... read more
Resurrection Bay
Seward Townsite Campground
Seward Townsite Campground setting up camp

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 18th 2015

We got up really early today. Six o'clock. Got dressed warm, had breakfast and headed out to Seward, to the office of Kayak Adventures Worldwide, a small outfit that takes folk out on kayaking trips in the area. We got there on time, 7:15, and met the team there. Our guide Emily set us up with rain pants and all the gear we'd need for the trip, including sandwiches and snacks for lunch. We packed into a van with another group and rode down to the dock (just 5 minutes away), and loaded up onto our water taxi for the ride to Aialik Bay. A two and a half hour ride, and the captain of the boat kept close to the cliffs where we had the best chance to see wildlife. He pointed out a bald ... read more
Sea lions
Off we go
Kayaking near the glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 17th 2015

We left the Historic Anchorage hotel today. Of course the kids had to check out the souvenir shop next door, and came out with Alaska t-shirts, an antler slingshot and other assorted souvenirs. We drove along the Turnagain Arm, a long, narrow bay that Captain Cook traveled up in another attempt to find a northwestern passage. He reached the end and had to turn around. Again. So that's what he named it and the name stuck. Along the way we stopped at Beluga Point to try our luck with whales. No luck, but boy was it windy! Ethan's new slingshot was tested with pebbles. They go pretty far out to sea, but I still think it would be best to hang it up as a display in his room when we get home. A little further ... read more
A friendly moose
Pickup at Exit Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward June 15th 2015

Geo: 60.1042, -149.442A lazy start to the day had been planned by ordering room service so that we didn't have to get caught in the flurry of the 2 000 guests who were leaving the cruise today. This backfired. After a very late night (or early morning), we thought we had ordered the breakfast for 9 am but somehow the confusion of time zones and time changes had the phone shrilling at 7.45 for an 8 am breakfast. Oh well, gave us more time to get organised and to be honest, I did fall back asleep while Mac was off finalising our Part 1 account at Guest Services.This is the furtherest point north in the journey into Alaska and it was 22C. The locals were telling us this was unseasonably warm for Seward. Shorts and T-shirts ... read more
Lucky he didn't drop me off!
"Free": that is novel
A, B, C or D? Maybe 1, 2, 3 or 4

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward June 3rd 2015

Well, it started raining early this morning, and was still drizzling when we got up, although there are signs that the sun is wanting to break through. We slept in late this morning, and may have to start setting our alarm at night again in order to be on our way at 8:00. After breakfast and packing up the RV, we were on our way to Seward. The trip north on the Sterling highway was pretty uneventful, with the low clouds and light rain spoiling the scenery. We retraced our tracks from two days before until we got to Rte 9, near Cooper Landing, and we headed south. Just north of Seward, there was a turn off to "Exit Glacier National Park", so we decided to take the 8 mile road up, and see what that ... read more
Coming in to Seward
Exit Glacier
Off the road into Seward

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward May 26th 2015

And now the drive to Seward. We plan for about seven hours. We've already done the first 4 1/2, and this is no more exciting on the way down. A notable exception is the town of Talkeetna. Can't say that Talkeetna itself is all that great, but it's an ironic granola hippy town in the middle of nowhere, Alaska. We do get a few awesome views of Denali and a nice cup of coffee. Talkeetna is a great spot for Denali adventure sports and is a hub of a lot of the air tours, rafting, and other adventure tours. My favorite part of the town is that the mayor of Talkeetna is a fat cat named Stubbs. He has been the mayor for 17 years. From Anchorage to Seward the scenery changes. It is just breathtaking ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward November 22nd 2014

It has been a very long time since I have posted, but really gonna try to do better and start catching up on these blogs. Yes, Alaska is part of the US, but it seems like a world away and most of the time seem like a completely different world. Seems like that place you only see in magazines and never in real life. Well, we were due for our September vacation and Alaska came up as cheap and reasonable. Well it was pretty late in September so we were not sure this would really be the best decision (we have considered summer vacations in Alaska several times, but the prices were totally outrageous and out of this world). We do things off-season when we know we should not so we went for it. Why not? ... read more
Just outside Anchorage

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