10 June 2010 Seward, AK to Trapper Creek, AK

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June 10th 2010
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Thursday, 10 June, 2010 Seward, AK to Trapper Creek, AK

Awoke to a cold and pretty windy day today (38 degrees) and cloudy. We took off at about 8:40. First stop was at Trail Lake Fish Hatchery where we got to see hundreds of thousands of salmon smolt - - fish that were ready to be placed in the lakes where they would mature and then head out to the ocean to return in 3 or 5 years depending on the species. A very interesting stop. Next stop was Portage Glacier Visitors Center. It is located literally on the lake at the outfall. Nicely done. Gena & Charlie got patches and stamped. We only got to see the upper end of the glacier as it has retreated around a corner and out of direct view from the visitors center. We could see it from the road when we lived up here in the early 70’s. We drove out the Whittier road to a lookout where we could just see one corner of the face of the glacier. There several really blue icebergs floating in the lake. Got good pictures of them From that overlook, we could see at least 7
Gena, Kerry, & CharlieGena, Kerry, & CharlieGena, Kerry, & Charlie

At Trail Lake Hatchery on Moose Creek along the Seward Hwy.
different glaciers all around us. Then on up the Seward Hwy toward Anchorage. Saw a couple eagles in the distance - - no photos. And finally, when we reached Beluga Point turnout, we stopped and got to see a bunch of Dahl Sheep up on the mountain. Many Ewes with lambs. The telephoto lens was able to bring them into view and make them easily discernable in the photo.

Then into Anchorage - - took a bunch of photos of new buildings, houses on the hill side above to the SE, and of all the traffic. How the place has grown. We stopped at the Chrysler/Jeep dealership to get a couple of concerns checked out - - everything was OK so we continued on toward Denali NP. At one point on the Parks Hwy, north of Wasilla, a moose ran out across the road between us and an oncoming car. The other guy had to apply his brakes to avoid hitting the moose. Never saw a moose move so fast! We wound up staying at Trappers Creek Inn & RV Park. Turned out to be a really nice park in the trees, with full hookups, a nice covered cooking area, and free WiFi, though we have to go over to the Laundromat to get a strong enough signal. After dinner of potato salad, tossed salad and Bratwurst, we drove 9 miles out Petersville Rd and got to see the top half of Denali. What a sight! And how quickly it can change. By the time we turned around to come back, it was completely obscured by clouds.

Tomorrow it is on the Denali, where I think we’ll be staying two nights.

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Icebergs by Visitors CenterIcebergs by Visitors Center
Icebergs by Visitors Center

Portage lake and icebergs calved by Portage Glacier
Dahl Sheep from Beluga PointDahl Sheep from Beluga Point
Dahl Sheep from Beluga Point

This is along Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet on the Seward Highway about 10 miles south of Anchorage

On the Seward Hwy northbound.

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