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Aug 18, 2016 - Sea Adventures in Seward

We traveled on to Seward, just a few hours from Homer. Shortly before you get to Seward, there is a turnoff for Kenai Fjords National Park’s Exit Glacier. This glacier is 2.4 miles long and descends 5,500 feet from the Harding Icefield. (We never did figure out why they called it Exit Glacier, but maybe because if you slid down it you’d take a quick exit from the Harding Icefield—not to mention from this world.) There’s a nine-mile round trip trail to the top of the glacier. We opted not to do that. Instead, we hiked to the toe of the...

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Aug 17, 2016 - Seward, AK

August 17, 2016 Picked up at camp about 7:30 for our 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park tour. (There was the cutest little bunny that would not leave us alone and we thought he would get on the bus with us!) Was interesting for us that the Regent Seven Seas Mariner was at dock. This was the ship we were on for our eastern Mediterranean cruise. We wondered if we would recognize any of the staff. Because we were almost last on the boat we sat outside near the stern. Weather is overcast, low 50’s. The tour guide (a biologist) was excellent in...

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Aug 16, 2016 - Cooper Landing to Seward, AK

August 16, 2016 Sunshine! Headed east on the Sterling Highway and then headed south on the Seward Highway still along the Kenai Lake. We stopped at the Trail Lake Fish Hatchery display room in Moose Pass (population 189) but there was nothing to see as the fish that are raised are all juveniles or smaller. Lovely views of various glaciers interspersed in the Chugach National Forest. By 11:00 we were at Stoney Creek RV Park which is basically a gravel parking lot with big RVs. (It is full and they are trying to squeeze more in so glad we had...

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Aug 16, 2016 - Seward

Aug 16-18 Seward is a short drive from Homer, just 156 miles. It was a beautiful drive through the mountains, much like the Canadian Rockies. The town sits on Resurrection Bay that consists of a deep fjord that is nearly 35 miles long along the southeastern coast of the Kenai Peninsula. During the 1964 earthquake, the town was hit hard by a tsunami which was caused by a mountain slide on the opposite side of the bay from the town. It then was hit by a second wave from the actual earth quake. Half of the town went into the bay, but it has...

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Jul 27, 2016 - Day 31 Seward

Day 31. Today was the best. We went to the Ididaride center, it was owned by Dan Siever and son Mitch. Mitch has won the Idatarod several times and is the oldest winner and his son Dallas has won it 4 times. Mitch says the worst thing he ever did was sell 30 of his pups to Dallas because Dallas has beaten him 4x with him coming in 2nd. First we heard about the Iditarod history how it started out as a mail route. Then we went to see the dogs. They had about 40 dogs, it was pretty noisy and smelly. They were all chained to an area and had a...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jul 26, 2016 - Seward to Denali

Summary of the last couple of days Our travels the last week have taken us from the Kenai Peninsula in the south to Denali and Fairbanks in the center of Alaska. While the weather has not been the best for seeing magnificent fiords and mountains it has been clear enough at times to see some of it. From Seward on Resurrection Bay to Denali (Mt McKinley) both areas of Alaska have interesting histories. Seward was almost wiped out in the 1964 earthquake and had its shoreline and wildlife almost destroyed by the Exxon Valdez and has rebuilt...

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Jul 26, 2016 - Day 30 Seward

Day 30. Today we took a wildlife and glacier cruise to Kenai Fjords National Park. Saw whales, otters, puffins, sea lions, seals, and all sorts of birds on this rock that was covered in white bird poop. Did not appeal to me. Then cruised to Harding Icefields and glacier. It was more impressive than Exit glacier. When the glacier calves it sounds like thunder. Pretty cold close to glacier. There were a bunch of seals just lying around on ice floes. There was a group of kayakers in amongst the seals and sort of close to the glacier. Really...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jul 25, 2016 - Day 29 Seward

Day 29. Hiked Exit Glacier in AM.. Actually you just hike up to the glacier. It's pretty big. They have signs as you drive in stating where the glacier was on certain dates. It was heavy misting, but we went down to glacier runoff stream and had lunch. Kid got to throw rocks in the stream. In the afternoon it was misting heavier/raining, so we went to the Aquarium. Lots of cool exhibits. The kids got to touch several sea critters. They started this aquarium as a rehabilitation center after the Valdez oil spill. We have passed the 5,500...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jul 24, 2016 - Day 28 Seward

Day 28 Stoney Creek campground. Great site. Last 2 sites next to open grassy area. Backed up to river, trees. Rain off and on all day. Stopped on Soldotna at Fred Meyers grocery. It's like a super Walmart, only bigger. The parking lot was a zoo with a ton of RVs all trying to find a parking spot. Inside was also a zoo with people with huge grocery lists trying to stock up their Camper. Traffic crazy also, but thinned out after a few miles. We had stayed at this campground last trip and liked, a little out of town, but quiet. Oh boy, I was...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jul 21, 2016 - Another day trip to Seward

We decided to take another day trip down to Seward and go to the Alaska Sealife Center and Aquariums. We got an up close look at a lot of the Alaska sea birds & ocean creatures. It was also time to bid farewell to our CA friends, Henry & Veronica. We're heading down to Homer tomorrow, and they will be departing the Kenai Peninsula for a yet to be determined destination. We also bumped into another couple we had met a few days earlier at the Russian River Campground, Terry & Marilyn, the full time (17 yrs) RV'ers, and they are done with...

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Alaska 2016

Jul 16, 2016 - Seward, Alaska

Seward, Alaska We arrived in Seward, and drove out to camp at Miller's Landing, which is a big fishing, sightseeing, kayaking area. It is on Resurrection Bay, which was named by Alexander Baranov, a Russian sailor, who had to retreat into the bay because of a bad storm in the Gulf of Alaska. When the storm settled down it was Easter Sunday so he named it Resurrection Bay. Miller's Landing has a view across the bay that is beautiful !! There are guided kayak trips that leave from here for several days, camping at night, and lots of fishing...

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Jul 16, 2016 - Kenai Fjords Wildlife tour to Fox Island

This was an amazing day! Once again, we took a glacier/wildlife boat tour, this time out of Seward, and what made it even better was we got to do it with good friends from Mpls., Rebecca Braasch & Kevin Koski. The timing worked out that we were able to get on the same tour that they had booked several months ago. The boat took us exploring thru Kenai Fjords Nat'l. Park. We saw lots of wildlife in addition to 3 more glaciers. To top it all off, it included a prime rib/salmon buffet on Fox Island toward the end of the tour; the food was...

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