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North America » United States » Alaska » Seward August 15th 2012

Today’s adventure was learning all about an event that draws mushers from around the world, the Iditarod. We visited Seaveys which is a family owned operation that has been participating in the race for many years. In 2004 Mitch Seavey won the race and in 2011 his son won the race and his grandson won the juniors competition. The family property, training ground and kennel contain about 85 dogs where are used to race every year. The biggest myth that was busted for me was that the racing dogs do not look like Siberian huskies. They are thin but man are they strong and have a strong desire to pull. They tolerate the cold very well. They did have one Siberian Huskie but they don’t’ use him much for pulling. To give you an idea of ... read more
Dog Race Protection
Dog Run

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward August 15th 2012

Left behind the cruise ship and all the free food and service at your beck and call today at Whittier. Picked up a rental car and 2 additional friends from the airport and headed to Seward where we checked into Renfros Lakeside Retreat on KenaiLake surrounded by KenaiMountains. The cabins are very well maintained and backed right up to the lake with a fire pit in front of each cabin. After checking in we headed to Kenai Fjords national park were we spent the afternoon hiking to the local glacier. We were able to hike up close and personal to the glacier and I got some really good pictures. I hope they are able to reflect the blue color that gets trapped inside the glacier when they re-crystallize capturing the color prism and reflecting the blue. ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward August 4th 2012

Another chilly, rainy day. Didn't do much today. I am attaching a picture of Jim, Charlie and Barbara cooking hot dogs at lunch on a fire by our RV's. We also had s'mores. It would have been better if it hadn't been drizzling rain. We went to Church tonight and then went out to eat. We ate at a restaurant on the docks next to the fishing boats. Next to us was a fish market that also cleaned the fish that the charter boats brought in. We could see the men cleaning the fish from the restaurant. There were 12 cleaning stations and they were very fast at their work. There were some very big fish. One fish, a halibut, took two men to get it up on the cleaning station. But, he made short work ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward August 3rd 2012

Drove from Kenai to Seward yesterday. Cloudy, misty day. Yesterday afternoon, Charlie, Ruth, Jim and I drove from our RV park to Seward which is about 6 miles away. I tried to take some pictures but it was too overcast. Today was a comletely different day. Sunny and beautiful. Was about 54 when we got up today. Probably got to 60 today. Jim, Charlie and Jerry went on a hike to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Jim said that it was about a mile uphill. He said it was an enjoyable hike. I am attaching pictures that he took there. I had one of the nicest evenings of my entire trip tonight. I got to visit with two of my cousins, Vickie and Linda here in Seward. Their dad and my dad were brothers. ... read more
Exit Glacier
Exit Glacier
Linda, Marilyn and Vickie

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 26th 2012

Wednesday and Thursday turned out to be absolutely beautiful and according to the locals the first nice days this year! We had a really restful night despite not having much in the way of room darkening blinds...sunlight until midnight here! Wednesday, July 25: We set out mid-morning on our adventure aboard the Kenai Fjord Aialik Voyager. It is basically a cat-hull tour boat with inside and outside seating on 2 levels. Our 6 hour tour took us deep into the Kenai Fjords National Park. Not only was the weather beautiful, the waters of Resurrection Bay and the North Pacific were very calm. We did have some really spectacular fog that they call glacial fog. It hung low, above the water but below the snow covered peaks. It was fascinating. This was an incredible adventure. We came ... read more
Humpback fluke
Stellar Sea Lions

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 26th 2012

This evening we went on a tour of the Seavey Dog Sled kennels in Seward. The Seavey family has been racing sled dogs in the annual Iditarod Sled race for 3 generations. They currently have 85 dogs they train during the summer. They have a facility just outside Seward where they keep their dogs and do demonstration "sled" rides on a gravel trail through the forest. They use specially designed 4 wheel carts for the rides. The dogs were very anxious to get going once the musher Meredith hitched all 16 of them up. We took off down the trail and after a while she asked them to stop and take a rest. The funniest thing was when they stopped, they all ran over to the side of the trail and peed! Mostly males of course...but ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 15th 2012

15-16th July ’12 The Cruise – Leaving Seaward and on towards Glacier Bay We drove back into Seaward and before dropping the car off went up to the cruise dock to drop our rucksacks off. The two blokes at the luggage store just looked incredulous when we handed in our rucksacks and wanted to know where the rest of our bags were. I must say our little rucksacks looked a sorry sight on top of the sea of huge suitcases! Once the car was returned we were given a lift back to the ship and after being photographed and scanned we were allowed to board. As we had booked on a late deal and opted for the cabin with an obstructed view – with a note to say it had no view at all, but this ... read more
The Cruise
The Cruise
The Cruise

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 1st 2012

When I set up the trip from Seward to Kenai Fjord National Park, the boat was to leave at 11:30 in the morning. Seward is located about 120 miles from Anchorage. But there is, like many places in northern countries, two main seasons on roads: winter and construction. It is supposed to be about a 2 and a half hour drive from Anchorage to Seward. The women in the tour off in Anchorage told me to give myself a minimum of 4 and a half hours to account for the major construction areas on the road between the two cities. They had been hearing stories of 30 minute delays in some places. This caused me some panic. I would have to be leaving around 7 o'clock in the morning. I set my six alarms again and ... read more
Looking Down Into the Valley
Glacier Hikers
Bright Day

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward September 28th 2011

Today we planned on just relaxing. We slept in a bit, enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, toured the town in the car and took a boat ride. What we really wanted was helicopter tour of a glacier but most of the tour companies were closed for the season. The boat ride was amazing. We mostly toured Redemption bay which included two major, named glaciers. We saw bald eagles, sea lions, an otter, a mountain goat and many birds. It was both relaxing and informative. We took a lot of pictures and video. The best thing is, we really feel like we did take it easy today. ... read more
Sea Otter 1
Five Glaciers
D & D at Five Glaciers

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward September 27th 2011

There was ice on the truck’s windshield when we left the motel. Boy was it cold. Hardly surprising after the icy night we experienced over night. We set off early. Glennallen was a way point not a destination, even though it won its place in our hearts as a destination. We hit the road at about 9:00 am. This time we saw a bunch of glaciers. We made frequent stops along the way to take pictures. Things got a little hairy though at about 10:30. We needed gas bad and there had been only one gas station so far and its price had been a full $1 higher than we were used to paying. We wished we had as Dan used the hills to good advantage to conserve on gas as we kept a sharp eye ... read more
Glacier along Glenn Highway 2
Ryan Lake
Glacier along Glenn Highway 3

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