4th of July in Seward

Trip Start May 25, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Stoney Creek RV Park

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Friday, July 4, 2008

This is the place to be in Alaska. Seward on the 4th of July. The small town of 3,000 swells to 40,000 today. Since the city will be jam packed today, we take the shuttle from the campground to town which is around 6 miles away. Again, we get a little lazy in the morning; wake up late & take out time. We do catch the 11:00 shuttle and make it to town in just a few minutes. We just missed the start of the women's Mt. Marathon race. This is a 5 to 6 mile race that's like none other in the world. Mt. Marathon is this 3,000 plus foot mountain right next to Seward. You start the race in downtown and run up and then back down the mountain. The mountain is very steep so most people have to crawl up the mountain, and then scoot on their bum back down the mountain. This year had a new twist - since it was a cold winter, there was still plenty of snow on top of the mountain. So people had to slide in the snow down the mountain - I guess that means they had a little of the frozen bum. Since clouds shrouded the mountain, we could only see half way up. We did watch the finish as the same girl won for the 5th straight time - a mother of two. These Alaskan women are tough!! Many of the top women were in their 40's & 50's - not many young whippersnappers. The whole of downtown was packed out with people and fair type stands selling everything. We choose to eat lunch at a Chinese Buffett restaurant in the center of town. Kinda expensive at $12.00 since it was the 4th and the food was only average. Of course, with the 4th of July, you had to have a parade. This one was a little different as it had no marching band and only one float - an Orca. Just your typical small town parade with many old cars & trucks. The original part of the parade was the fact that one of the floats was of two people actually getting married. They had a hard time saying their vows as the crowd was so loud with their cheers for the couple. After the parade was the men's race. We saw both the start and the finish - the winner was a fist timer who had come in 2nd 3 times. After the men's race, we went to the only aquarium in Alaska - the Sea Life Center. It was small by lower 48 standards but pretty good for this small town. They focused on all sea life around Alaska. The best part was the seals, the sea lion, and the puffin feeding. These little puffins would just go right up to the keep and take the tiny fish out of their hand. There is a special program that cost a lot of money where you can do that too. I'm so going to do that next time. As with most aquariums, this too was very educational and as Pooh makes fun of me, I try to read most exhibits - I'm such a nerd when it comes to this, but then again, I want to get my money's worth. After the Sea Life center, our van was waiting to take up back to the RV park. Since the men's race was now over, there were a ton of people heading back home so traffic was pretty bad, however our drive knew a few back roads to get us there a little faster. Back at the RV we took the dogs for a walk and made a little snack of a dinner. I stayed up late doing some blogging. We though about going back into town, bet we were spent. Time to relax and actually watch a movie on TV - I can't remember the last time I did that. Another late time going to bed but a great 4th of July. I hope to come back to Seward again to do this. 
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