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Aug 23, 2018 - Seward

We left Ninilchik and drove to Seward on Sunday. It was only about 130 miles and is a beautiful drive up and across the Kenai Peninsula to Seward which is on the east side of the peninsula. Seward is on Resurrection Bay and is really a pretty town. The earthquake of Good Friday in 1974 (9.2 in the Richter Scale) devastated the town and harbor with over 4 minutes of shaking and multiple tsunamis which wiped out the waterfront area. Since then they have moved the port area to the inland end of the harbor and all along the waterfront no main...

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Aug 15, 2018 - Day 13 Kenai continued

Another source of awe and amazement today was the abundant wildlife that we were privileged to see in their native habitat - harbor seals, sea lions, sea otters, birds, and especially the whales! Actually most of the whales we saw today were really dolphins! I found out later that Orcas or Killer Whales are part of the dolphin family. They were given the name "killer" by ancient sailors from observing groups of orcas hunting and preying on larger whale species. They called them "whale killer" and somehow it got turned around to "killer...

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Aug 15, 2018 - Day 13 - Kenai Fjords National Park

National Geographic describes Kenai Fjords National Park this way: "Distill the essence of coastal Alaska into one place - wild, dynamic, and scenic, rich with the signature of glaciers, light with the marks of people, unforgiving in stormy seas, unforgettable in warm sunshine - and you have Kenai Fjords, the smallest national park in Alaska. Here the south-central part of the state tumbles into the Gulf of Alaska; here the land challenges the sea with talonlike peninsulas and rocky headlands, while the sea itself reaches inland with long...

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Aug 14, 2018 - Day 12 - Glacier Day

Seward is a small community nestled between Resurrection Bay, a fjord of the Gulf of Alaska, and the Kenai Mountains. It was named for U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward, who orchestrated the U.S. purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire in 1867. The price was 7 million dollars which amounted to 2 cents an acre. At that time, it was the subject of ridicule, being called "Seward's Folly", Seward's Icebox", and "Polar Bear Garden". Settlement from the U.S. got off to a slow start until the discovery of gold in 1898 brought a rapid...

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Aug 13, 2018 - Day 11 - From the City to the Sea

First stop this morning after leaving the hotel was the Alaska Experience Theatre. Unfortunately we were too early to see any of the presentations so our experience of the earthquake was limited to viewing the exhibits in the lobby which were very worthwhile. The 1964 Alaska earthquake which struck the Anchorage area on Good Friday, March 27 at 5:36 p.m. measured 9.2 on the Richter Scale. It was the largest quake to hit the US in recorded history and one of the largest worldwide. It lasted 5 minutes. Large areas were lifted up or dropped by...

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Jul 23, 2018 - Seward, AK

Traveling to Seward, AK today for a few days. Hope to get some fishing in and visit Kenai Fjords National Park. On the way to Seward, we stopped at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. It's a center for animals that were injured or orphaned. We saw bears, elk, wood bisons, and moose there. A worthy place. In Seward, we went to the Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park. It was a nice hike to view the glacier. Then we walked around the harbor for a bit. We had a fishing trip planned but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the...

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Jun 28, 2018 - Second day in Seward

Highlights of the day were the Sea life center and Exit Glacier. Both are easily accessible with the center being in town and the glacier being about 10 miles out, on a good paved road. Two cruise ships were in town today which added to the local activity. Alaska RR passenger service is here, and it appears to be shiney and good. The sea life center was built after the earthquake as was much of the docks. There are a lot of private boats here populating the harbor. We were surprised to read that Resurrection Bay is something like 960 feet...

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Jun 27, 2018 - Travel to Seward

The trip to Seward consisted of the main points of interest being Turnagain Arm, Bird Point (on Turnagain Arm) and Girdwood. Turnagain Arm is an interesting drive, where you are looking for Beluga Whales and the Bore Tide. There is a geneticly different Beluga whale that stays here, and is endangered. The Bore Tide is best viewed at Bird Point 2 hours and 15 minutes after low tide in Anchorage. This is a dangerous phenomenon that can catch people in its path by both the rapid increase in water level in the Arm but also quicksand is common...

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Jun 11, 2018 - Sea day

Sea day Mon June 11 We were up about 6 am. Cloudy and cool this am, but inside is nice. Nice breakfast assortment. I had my usual of omelet, part of a muffin, fresh fruit, yogurt, as well as a delicious small Belgian waffle, gingerbread flavor of the day with strawberries on too. Of course lots of coffee. We walked around for a while. We saw the nice hydro pool so Jim was going to do that. Turns out, someone failed to close the door when we went in to look. So that's why we got in.... $139 per person for the week. Guess not! We'll use free...

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Jun 10, 2018 - Seward, Alaska and cruise ship

Anchorage to Seward and Noordam Cruise Ship. June 10 Bittersweet day. Last day of the land journey, yet we get to board the cruise ship this afternoon. We finished packing and went for a long walk downtown. The westher in Anchorage has.been wonderful. Mostly in the 60s. Very comfortable in jeans and t-shirts and sometimes wearing a fleece or long sleeves. I also forgot to mention how beautiful and plentiful the flowers have been throughout the city. After our walk, we had some time to rest, then left on a coach for the train. The train has...

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Aug 15, 2017 - Hubbard Glacier

We boarded our ship in Seward. I am so glad that Steve and I got to spend time in Seward last week because there was no time to enjoy it before getting on the ship. We left Seward around 5 pm. We sailed/motored our way out of Resurrection Bay, through the Kenai Fjords National Park into the Gulf of Alaska. As I said once before it remains light until 1 or 2 in the morning, then there is dusk, then the sun comes up again. Throws off your body clock. The first day aboard was spent at sea; however, not open waters. We were watching beautiful...

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Jul 21, 2017 - South to Seward

We turned south on Alaska Highway 9 toward Seward. We had some beautiful views of the Chugach Glacial mountains on the way to Seward. When we arrived in Seward, the Waterfront City Campground that does not take reservations, was packed full. Just then someone came out to put up the “Campground Full” sign. The other RV parks were also full so I called one 6 miles north of town, Stoneybrook, but they were not answering their phone. When we arrived there - booked solid – a caravan was coming in. Disappointed that we cannot stay is this area...

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