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North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 15th 2013

Today we went to the Alaska SeaLife Center. It is a wonderful place to learn all about the oceanic life here in Alaska. We then went to the library to watch a film about the big 1964 earthquake. It was a record 9.4 on the scale. Between the fires from the refinery plants and the tidal waves Seward was totally destroyed. It took over 4 years to rebuild the city. Amazingly on 12 people were killed. We had some dinner back at our rigs then played a new card game we learned. Nice day.... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 13th 2013

We traveled a whooping 99 miles today from Kenai to Seward. The scenery was spectacular and the roads were even pretty good. We headed into town to confirm our plans for tomorrow and check out the harbor. What a beautiful place the harbor is. Boats of all kinds everywhere!... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 7th 2013

We've had two more amazing days since last I wrote. Yesterday we took a 9 hour boat tour from the Kenai Fjords Company of the waters around Seward, Resurrection Bay through the Northwestern Fjords. To say it was incredible is an understatement. The weather was, as it has been until tonight, chilly and rainy. The captain assured us that while people don't like that kind of weather it would be great for seeing wildlife, and it was. We weren't out on the boat 20 minutes when 3 porpoises swam right by us and within a half hour, we saw our first humpback whale! And we saw 3 more during the day...and dozens stellar sea lions, harbor seals, puffins (!), and an amazing array of birds, my favorite being the common murr, a bird that looks like ... read more
first wildlife sighting- 3 porpoises!
Horbor seals
The Northwestern Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 5th 2013

I got behind a day with blogging. I'm not sure why but I can't seem to just blog the highlights. Since I've started this thing I've gotten hooked on not missing writing about a day of travels. So...After another great breakfast and a quick shopping trip to buy rain jackets (yes, Barry and I now have matching black/grey Alaska jackets!) we loaded the car and headed out of Anchorage. We were all very ready to see what this state really looks like. Between Lonely Planet and Fodor's, Marcy and I had planned lots of stops along the way and what could have been a 2.5 hour drive from Anchorage to Seward actually took us 9 hours but it was awesome. We stopped at Potter's Marsh and saw a bald eagle in a tree along with other ... read more
Potter's Marsh
Tracks in the marsh
Turnagain Arm

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward September 18th 2012

Included at least a few of the pictures today. I hiked to Exit Glacier even though it was raining. I was just going to go to the Outwash in front of the glacier but then could not keep from going the extra distance to the viewpoint right at the Glacier. I stopped at taking the 8 miles all the way up. It was a great hike and beautiful to stand there even in the rain and listen to the water rushing about and just enjoy the spectacle. The trails were outlined well and at least periodically I was reminded there were other people out and about amidst the trails. Afterward I investigated some other park like areas but the glacier hike was the highlight of the day. There's quite a bit already closed. Even the National ... read more
Trail was quite interesting
Gorgeous scenery even in the rain!
Exit Glacier from afar

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward September 17th 2012

Just letting folks know I arrived in Seward safe and sound and planning to be here two nights. The drive was absolutely gorgeous albeit a bit long from Fairbanks - otherwise uneventful as in no problems. Actually had sun off and on all the way here. On arrival here they told me national weather service had now put out another wind/rain warning for the area covering tonight and possibly two days which includes potential flooding due to how saturated everything is already from the recent rains. I have a view of the Bay from the room so it'll be pretty to watch if it turns out too ugly to even go out. Hiking might be out but there's other things so we'll see. Have to expect unknown weather this time of year and I'm so grateful ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward September 10th 2012

We spent the night in Seward, as this was where we were to start or cruise from.. The day before the cruise we had some free time to go to the Seward Aquarium...it does not match Cape Town's Two Ocean's Aquarium! But we did meet a cute seal, everytime we put our hand on the glass he would stop and rub his chin more or less where our hand was before he zoomed off again! That was SO sweet! We also saw a bird which I though was extinct -a Puffin! They are so funny looking! We had amazing weather up untill we got to Seward, suddenly it was misty and overcast but we could still see that Seward was a very pretty little coastal town. With our bags packed and all ready to go we ... read more
Seward main street
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North America » United States » Alaska » Seward September 7th 2012

Getting packed for our luggage to be transferred to ship. We plan to explode Seward more and visit the sea life center today. Having problem loading pics last night so will put more on today if possible. Hoping Internet in ship isn't crazy expensive...lol... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Seward September 6th 2012

We caught our connection bus from Denali to Seward in front of our hotel. It was similar to a greyhound type with large windows and bathroom in back. Our drive took close to 10 hours which included our stop in Anchorage for lunch. We drove thru rain part of the way and it was a relaxing trip. A bummer was after getting dropped in Seward at the small boat harbor we found out our chartered fishing boat trip tomorrow as cancelled because of the forecasted weather. I guess 12 foot seas and 36 mph gusts are not great fishing weather...disappointing. I'm glad we still have the fishing in icy straight to look forward to. Our weather in town sounds good though for tomorrow so we booked a sled dog tour with a family of ididorad winners. ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Seward September 6th 2012

It was a dog gone day today..gone by the way of iditarod sled. We headed out to seavey's dog sledding business to take a ride thru the woods on a wheeled summer sled and meet some pups. The seavey's have owned their business for many years and have 3 generations of iditarod racers. The race begins in anchorage and ends in nome Alaska, 1049 miles. We met the dogs before they took us out and the dogs were crazy excited to be selected to take us. The seavey's have 120 dogs they have trained and the dogs sell for a couple thousand. They have barrels that keep them off of ground and out of wind but can still be close enough to sniff each other. They burn so many calories a day and are so strong ... read more
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