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Seward .... or Why I came to Alaska

It's true confession time folks.   Alaska for me was not a random choice or the next line item on a bucket list.  I came to Alaska because I was inspired by another Coolworker to do so.  Who? you might ask.  I can honestly say it was the blogs of (then named) Dawna Raven Sky that got me so interested in coming up here.   Her pictures were incredible, and her writing was inspiring (for me, at least).  So over the last couple of days I have been able to live out what I only thought was a fantasy.  I arrived in Seward around Noon on Thursday (June 20) and set up camp on the shore of Resurrection Bay.  Now I'm not sure how it got it's name but after being there the last 2 days I honestly feel "reborn".  Of course the weather was nearly perfect....partly cloudy, cool but occasional sunshine.   I had no trouble finding a nice camping spot in the City campground.  At $10/tent/night this is pretty cheap lodging.  So cheap in fact that I could afford to eat all my meals out and did not bother trying to cook outdoors.  Here's a rundown of my gastronomical adventure ....

Thursday....late lunch at Ray's Waterfront; Blackened Salmon Wrap (incredible)

Thursday Late....Seward Salmon Bake; Steak & King Crab (God, I want this again when I die...PLEASE)

Friday early; Bakery across from Harbormaster's building; Sausage, egg and cheese bagel (perfect!)

Friday on boat, light breakfast; Freshly baked cinnamon rolls, fruit cup, and cranberry juice. 

Friday on boat, light lunch; Caesar Chicken wrap, granola bar, water

Friday on boat, snack; freshly baked chocolate chip cookie

Friday night dinner at Thorn's Showcase Lounge .... "World Famous" Halibut chunks with salad and baked potato (so good...I could have eaten again)

The boat ride I took was Kenai Fjords Tour's NW Fjord trip.  This was 9 hours exploring an area that only KFT boats go.  It was just jaw dropping glacier scenery (the best I have ever seen, and I've been to Glacier Bay....and the NW Fjord is the best I will ever see.....period).  On top of that we saw a "boatload" of marine wildlife.  Humpback whales, sea otters, sea lions, various birds, Dall Porpoise just to name a few.  It was really non-stop during the entire trip.  Mark, our captain, has been doing this tour for nearly 20 years and never gets tired doing it.  His enthusiasm and knowledge was infectious.  This was undoubtedly one of the coolest things I have ever done.  Look me up on Facebook to see some of the pictures.

I have to mention one other thing about my trip.  The drive from Anchorage to Seward is simply amazing.  It is one of the most scenic drives I have ever experienced.  After leaving Anchorage you drive by Turnagain Arm Mud Flats which leads you to the coastal mountains and the Kenai Peninsula.  The mountains were just magnificent. On the cliffs above Turnagain Arm I spotted mountain goats enjoying the nice weather.

If you ever get an opportunity to spend 2 days (or a week!) in Seward Alaska....DO IT!

Ranger Rich

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Comment by aggie71 on July 23, 2013 at 3:42pm

Perhaps Artemis ... trouble was that Kenai Fjords could offer me a GS3 position which did not pay enough per hour to offset my costs in Alaska .... so, I had no choice.  Maybe I'll be able to return to Seward before I leave Alaska in September.

Comment by Artemis Entreri on July 23, 2013 at 11:00am

Perhaps you are in the wrong location in AK?

Comment by Leo Anderson on July 2, 2013 at 11:47pm

Aggie aka Ranger Rich,

Thanks for the great insight on your journey to Denali! Your blogs are always amazing and incredibly detailed!!!



Comment by GT MAC on June 30, 2013 at 11:28pm

My week in seward back in sept 2004 was great. Hope that you had a great time.


Comment by Sunni on June 26, 2013 at 3:32pm

I took a whale tour last year and LOVED it!!! I will go check your pictures on FB

Comment by aggie71 on June 23, 2013 at 9:26pm

Thanks for filling in some of the gaps Keith.....I wish I had a month in this area to really appreciate all that I saw!

Comment by Keith Larson on June 23, 2013 at 2:07pm

Sometimes you can see belugas in Turnagain Arm as you drive around.  Fishing can be great in the Bay.  It got its name from a Russian American explorer/merchant/politician/Russian Orthodox church leader....  There was a huge storm in the Gulf and they took refuge in the bay...and it was Easter Day.

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