Bobbi and Rod Reeves

Joined July 2016
  • Day4

    Kenai Fjords wildlife continues...

    Yesterday in the United States

    Photo 4 is of the Steller Sea Lions. They are the largest member of the eared seal family and live here year-round. They hunt for fish at night and rest during the day. The white birds are called common murre. Photo 5 is an orca whale. The resident orcas travel in family groups called pods and hunt for fish using echolocation. Photo 10 is a sea otter. These are endangered in western Alaska and typically eat shellfish, octopus and crab. Their fur is very dense (up to one million hairs per square inch).Read more

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  • Day4

    Kenai Fjords wildlife and scenery

    Yesterday in the United States

    Even though we could not make it to the ice glaciers our captain made sure we saw plenty of wildlife. We spotted bald eagles, hump back whales, stellar sea lions, common murres, sea otters, harbor seals, orca whales, mountain goats and Dall's porpoise. The are 191 species of birds in the Kenai Fjords National Park. You need to be quick when taking pictures of the wildlife. Instead of whale watching our captain called it whale waiting! Pictures 1 and 2 are of a humpback whale. They migrate to Hawaii or California after feeding on fish and animals in Alaska.Read more

  • Day4

    More on Seward and the Kenai Fjords

    Yesterday in the United States

    Seward was one of the towns most devastated by the Alaska earthquake of March 27, 1964. The greater part of Seward is built on an alluvial fan-delta near the head of Resurrection Bay on the southeast coast of the Kenai Peninsula. It is one of the few ports in south-central Alaska that is ice free all year, and the town’s economy is almost entirely dependent upon its port facilities.

    The Alaska earthquake of March 27, 1964, magnitude approximately 8.3–8.4, began at 6:36 p.m. Its epicenter was in the northern part of the Prince William Sound area; focal depth was 20–50 km.

    Strong ground motion at Seward lasted 3–4 minutes. During the shaking, a strip of land 50–400 feet wide along the Seward waterfront (where we are now camping) together with docks and other harbor facilities, slid into Resurrection Bay as a result of large-scale submarine landsliding. Fractures ruptured the ground for'severa1 hundred feet back from the landslide scarps. Seismic sea waves crashed onto shore; where runup was as much as 30 feet above mean lower low water and caused tremendous damage; fire from burning oil tanks added to the destruction. Damage from strong ground motion itself was comparatively minor.

    Eighty-six houses were totally destroyed and 260 were heavily damaged. The harbor facilities were almost completely destroyed, and the entire economic base of the town was wiped out. The total cost to replace the destroyed public and private facilities was estimated at $22 million. Anchorage which was 75 miles from the epicenter also sustained damage. The town of Girdwood, which we drove through from Anchorage was destroyed by subsidence and subsequent tidal action. Girdwood was relocated inland. About 20 miles of the Seward Highway sank below the high-water mark of Turnagain Arm; the highway and its bridges were raised and rebuilt.

    Today we took a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Parks. Unfortunately, due to the weather causing rough seas (swells of 4 feet or more) we were unable to go to 2 of the scheduled glaciers. We did, however, see lots of wildlife. We picked up the tour at the Seward harbor which is about a mile walk from the campground. We headed out from Resurrection Bay which at some points can be as deep as 1000 feet and the water temperature was 45 degrees. Our boat was 95 feet long with top speeds of 20 knots. It generally takes 1 hour to get to Gulf of Alaska.

    The park started as a national monument in 1978 and became a national park in 1980. It is 669,984 acres. The park contains the Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States. The park is named for the numerous fjords carved by glaciers moving down the mountains from the ice field. The field is the source of at least 38 glaciers, the largest of which is Bear Glacier which we saw from a distance before the clouds covered it. The fjords are glacial valleys that have been submerged below sea level by a combination of rising sea levels and land subsidence.

    Picture 4 is a view of our camp from the boat.
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  • Day3

    More on Seward

    May 18 in the United States

    The city of Seward was named for President Lincoln's Secretary of State, William Henry Seward, the man who negotiated the Purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. It was a gold rush city in he late 1800's. The Iditarod National Historical Trail begins in Seward tracing the mail route that led to the gold strikes. The Port of Seward was the northern-most ice-free port and served as the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad, a supply line for the WWII effort.

    Resurrection Bay was created by millions of years of glacial activity and extends 35 miles north and south on the southeastern coast of the Kenai Peninsula. The Bay remains ice free in winter. We saw a few sea otters in the bay from our camp site. Humpbacks and orcas as well as migrating gray whales can be spotted in the Bay Area.

    The last photo was taken at 10:30 PM! It's still light enough to read a book with no problem.
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  • Day3

    On to Seward, Alaska!

    May 18 in the United States

    This morning we left Anchorage under rainy skies to head south to Seward - about 125 miles. We drove Ak1 to AK9. For most of the trip we went through the Chugach National Forest. As we left the National Forest and in to the Kenai peninsula we saw snow in the trees along the highway. Despite the rain the scenery is awesome! Once we got closer to Seward to rained stopped and the sun even peaked out. We went through towns called Girdwood and Moose Pass. Two cruise ships were in port today - a Celebrity ship and a Norwegian Cruise line ship. We are staying at the Seward Waterfront Park which is run by the city's parks and recreation department. It is right on the water with a view of Resurrection Bay and mountains all around us. This area is all part of the Kenai Fjords. After camp was set up we walked around town which is a short walk away. There is also a festival tomorrow called the Mermaid Festival. We made a camp fire and roasted marshmallows and sat around the fire admiring the views which are spectacular!! The light rain held off until around dinner time but it doesn't seem to stop people from walking around. Temperature is in the high 40's.Read more

  • Day2

    First. Campground

    May 17 in the United States

    After spending the night at the RV location it was time to move on. We had our walk-around the rig with the Clippership rep, Crystal. We noticed two things that we wanted fixed before we headed out and that required them to take the rig back in the maintenance area. While they were doing that, they shuttled us to Walmart so that we could get our groceries and a few other things. Once all that was taken care of we headed to our first campground - Creekwood Inn & RV Park. It seems that many motels/inns also have an RV Park. There are only a few campers here. Two couples were from Florida and were here as camp-workers. For a free camp site they are workers for the campground - doing minor maintenance and trash detail. They are here until September. We spent today organizing things, setting up the go pro camera and programming the gps. Anchorage is a bigger city than expected. We woke up to temperature in the high 30's and today's high was 53 with overcast skies. It started to rain around 3. The first 3 photos are our view from our campsite. The last picture was taken at 9:30 pm and still looks light out! Sunset is scheduled for 10:45pm with tomorrow's sunrise at 5:07 am - only 6 hours of darkness. Heading to Seward -- stay tuned!Read more

  • Day1

    The start of the Great Alaskan Adventure

    May 16 in the United States

    Today is the first day of our Alaskan adventure. It was spent flying from Baltimore to Anchorage, Alaska. 3 Flights taking about 11 hours of flying with layovers in Detroit and Seattle. The longest flight was Seattle to Anchorage. The view was great as we flew along the coast of Alaska a good portion of the way. All connecting flights went well despite a 40 minute delay in Baltimore. We flew first class which made it very comfortable. No luggage was lost although one piece was inspected by TSA! It was a short taxi ride to the RV rental location from the Anchorage airport where we got our 'home-away-from-home'. It is a 20 foot Coachman - nice and cosy! We unpacked, checked out the coach and will be staying the night here. We are staying in Anchorage tomorrow - moving to a campground for one day to stock up on food and such. The weather is cloudy, occasional light rain and 50 degrees. We are 4 hours behind east coast time.Read more

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