Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

Deb pulled the Yukon away from the RV so Tom could back...

Last look at Resurrection Bay.

Taking care of business.

Getting ready to pull out again.

Passing through Moose Pass.

The fireweed here still has the pink color to it.

The mountains are beautiful. We're getting close to the Chugach National Forest.

Here the fireweed is beginning to seed out. You can see where...

The Chugach National Forest.

This glacier overlooks the Williwaw campground. We walked along the path while...

The salmon were running too. So we had the chance to see...

Two of them competing for position.

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This one was right below us so he was easier to see....

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Walking along the trail Jonathan enjoyed balancing on the sides of the...

This shot is taken from a spot where the trees are cleared...

Deb and Jonathan enjoying the sun along the trail today.

Smiles with the glacier in the background.

Getting ready to hit the road again. Just in time too. The...

We're down the road a ways at Bird Point but there's information...

Ride 'em cowboy!

Jonathan and I snap Tom's picture in the RV as we head...

Looking down Turnagain Arm behind Jonathan. The tide is out and we're...

You can see the mud flats on the left side where the...

Another scenic shot. The views were really pretty from up here.

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Jonathan looks through the telescope at the mountain goat. The man with...

Looking back in the direction we came from. A picture of Jonathan...

Jonathan motions to the engineer to blow the horn as the train...

The McKinley Express and Princess passenger cars take people to the cruise...

Jonathan and I climb around on the rocks at our next stop...

There's Tom again, stuck in the RV waiting for phone calls from...

The tidal bore came in but it wasn't the wave we were...

Jonathan liked the opportunity to climb around on the rocks though.

They say the Beluga whales are sometimes seen out here swimming around....

The Belugas follow the Salmon up the streams. We stayed and looked...

You see porches that use knobby wood like this all over Alaska...


Saturday, August 22, 2009.

Big Bear RV Park, Palmer, Alaska.

Seward to Palmer

We started the day out by pulling out of Seward between 11:00 and 12:00 today. We stopped by the dump station on the way out of town and took care of all that then hit the road. We had seen a lot of the highway between here and the Chugach National Forest on our ride down and then again on our drive the other day in our search for salmon so we didn't make any stops until we got up around Williwaw campground. It was sunny so we decided to stop at the salmon viewing station there and to walk along the walking path there a little bit since Tom didn't get a chance to do that while we were camped there. It was nice to see the glaciers with the sun on them. There were salmon at the salmon viewing station too. So it was definitely worth the stop. When we got back to the RV tour buses were pulling in so we decided it was time to make tracks. We were so glad to be traveling on our own time schedule and not on theirs.

We headed up Turnagain Arm to a place called Bird Point. We had a nice lunch then Tom called work because he had a project going today. Things were NOT going like he would have like for them to would be the nice way of saying it. He was going to have to sit by his computer so he didn't get to go up and walk around with Jonathan and I to see the scenery. We took lots of pictures. There was a man who had his telescope set up and was letting people take a peek at the mountain goats up on the mountainsides. He was handing out pictures he had taken too. That was fun. We got to see a train pass by from up there as well. There were lots of signs telling about the history of the area too.

When we got back to the RV Tom was ready to drive on up the road to Beluga Point. The tidal bore was supposed to be good today so we wanted to get there before it came in so we could be sure to see it. When we arrived Tom got tied up with calls and waiting on work again so Jonathan and I went up to watch for it. Fortunately for Tom but not for us the tidal bore wasn't much to see. It kind of snuck in on us today. Jonathan had fun exploring the point though. We still had to wait for a while for Tom's phone call before we could hit the road again so I got some reading in on the book that Mary gave me about the Yukon so that was a nice chance to relax that I wasn't expecting. Jonathan was a little bored but he managed to find something to do eventually.

We got into the Big Bear RV Park around 10:00 PM. We had reservations and Tom had called to let them know we would be late so they had a “Reserved” sign on our campsite for us so that was nice. We got settled in and will try to touch base with DeMichiels tomorrow.



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