Day 99/100 Seward AK on Resurrection Bay
Trip Start May 01, 2013
186Trip End May 01, 2014
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Beachfront Camping Area
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Just after leaving the campground in Seward we encounter a momma and baby Moose! Yea! They say that they run around downtown Anchorage (?) wow...so we may be seeing so many that by the end of this trip I'll be saying, "Oh, it's another Moose, big deal" (doubt it though).
During our travels to Seward the road runs along the "Turnagain Arm". This is an extension of the Cook Inlet. It was called "Return" by the Russians, but Captain Cook called it Turn Again River, ad did Captain Vancouver when seeking the fabled Northwest Passage in 1778. In 1874 it was called Turnagain because it did not lead further inland and you would have to indeed turn around
This area has one of the world's remarkable high tides. The bore tide sweep in at 10-15 miles per hour and may reach a height of 6 feet. Some of the sand here is very dangerous quicksand! ugh.
Also in this area there is a viewing point of the tidal bore and Beluga Whales - however it is low tide, so no viewing of those today.
I actually saw a moose foraging in a pond along the way - only the top of his head and rump were visible. At first I thought it was the loch ness monster - found!! Also along the highway the pump line and railroad tun parallel.
We see evidence of the big earthquake of 1964 where the land dropped 6-13 feet around the Turnagain Arm and we see the remains of a treed area now turned into marsh. As we head closer to the Kanai Peninsula we see many glaciers, although once again the weather is not all that great. Twenty-Mile, Portage Skookum are all close by. The snow in t his area exceeds 12 feet. Any one want to live here?
Our campsite sits right on Resurrection Bay and overlooks a mountain range - we see only parts of it
Day 100 - Now that's a milestone in itself!!! We went to the Sea Life Museum here which was very well done and then in the afternoon we went to the Exit Glacier (called that because people who were exploring knew they could always get out there) and hiked up 1.5 hours to the viewing point which is pretty darned close. There are markers along the way with the year on them where the glacier was at that time. It goes back to the mid 1800's and had probably receded 5 or more miles. This glacier is over 200 miles back. It was huge.
I'll publish my trip to the Godwin Glacier by helicopter later. I imagine I will be taking lots of photos of that today.