Day 99/100 Seward AK on Resurrection Bay

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Exit Glacier

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Day 99 - The drive from Seward from Palmer takes us 162 miles.  You have to drive through parts of Anchorage to get there, so many of us stopped at Walmart, Cosco or Fred Meyers (another big lot store) to have what they needed.

Just after leaving the campground in Seward we encounter a momma and baby Moose!  Yea!  They say that they run around downtown Anchorage (?) 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!  But this is run by the Town of  Seward...and it is a large tract of land.  Pretty nice!  Seward has a population of 3,000 and is known as the Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park - we only wish the weather had cooperated.  It is also at the foot of Mount Marathon.  This bay down not freeze over in the winter and remains an important cargo port and fishing port and today when we got up there was a cruise ship in port!!

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.

Stay well.... 

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Avery on

Looking good Nick. Guys what a wonderful need to embrace each you have. TERRIFIC!!! Thanks for sharing.

jerrygolfboyer on

I enjoy the barns. But your of close up pictures of flowers are award winners for sure. And the animals, whether they are bears or birds, are so full of life.

I really enjoy photography, and yours is inspiring.

LeRoy on

Sandy & Nick - You have the best travel blog we have ever read. You are creative & fun - just like we like. Love, LeRoy & Jane.

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