Kenai Fjords National Park

Trip Start Jul 04, 2013
Trip End Jul 21, 2013

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

We had a fairly early start today, as we needed to drive about fifty miles over to Seward to take a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park. The tour was going to last most of the day. Check-in was at 9:00 a.m., departure at 10:00 a.m., and return at 5:30 p.m. As we were checking in, the woman at the counter recommended the "Train Wreck" for breakfast. She said they have very good food, so we decided to give it a try. The restaurant was literally an old train car, half of it was a kitchen, and the other half was filled with booths for the patrons. The food was very good and after finishing breakfast we headed over to board our tour boat. The tour boat had a Kenai Fjords National Park Ranger on board to provide some narration and to answer any questions. The tour also included a salmon/prime rib lunch, which was good (for a tour boat).

Regarding the tour itself, I'm not going to say a whole lot, but will let the pictures do the talking. The short story is that we had an amazing day out on the water seeing the wildlife and the glaciers. We saw humpback whales, sea lions, harbor seals, hundreds of sea otters, a lot of puffins and other birds, bald eagles, two calving tidewater glaciers and numerous other hanging glaciers. Enjoy the pictures!

After the tour, we found a gift shop so Dad could get a magnet. We then headed just outside of Seward to see Exit Glacier, which is the only part of Kenai Fjords National Park accessible by car. Along the way, SteveB spotted a bald eagles' nest right near the road. There was one adult and two fledglings in the nest. At Exit Glacier, there was a half-mile trail (wheelchair accessible) that we took to get a good view of the glacier. There were signs that there had been encounters with black bears along the trail, so as we walked we made some noise. It was a fun walk.

From Exit Glacier, we headed back toward Cooper Landing for the night. We still hadn’t eaten dinner, so when we got back to Cooper Landing, we headed straight to Sackett’s BBQ, a local place recommended by Brian, our host. As it turns out, they had live entertainment (a man and a guitar) and very good food. It was a very casual place (which all places in Alaska seem to be) and the food really hit the spot.

It was a long day of sightseeing and everyone was very glad to get back to the cabin and get some rest. Tomorrow we don’t have to be up early, so we plan to take advantage of that and catch up on our sleep.

On another note, our first full day without Patty was an adjustment for sure. We missed her quick wit, positive attitude, and willingness to just go with the flow and have a good time. There was also nobody here to remind SteveB that he’s an ASS. We really miss Patty.

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