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  • Day9

    Seward & Alaska

    July 30, 2016 in the United States

    We hit the Alaska border on Thursday.

    It was a day of exhausting driving from Whitehorse, but worth it. The roads from Whitehorse to the Alaska border were likely the worst in the world- or close. Though they were really bad, the Yukon has some stunning views including Canada's tallest Mountain, Mt. logan.

    Leaving Whitehorse a local radio had been tagged in Jest's tweets about the trip, so they mentioned us on air and talked about our trip. They also invited locals to call in and give us tbe best recommendations in the area- it was a pretty cool way to start the day.

    We filled gas at the most Western Canadian town at 1.40/Litre. We regret that after as 30 minutes into the US has was about .62c/Litre

    We hit the Aaska border and went straight for Anchorage. It was a long drive and at first not to many sites or scenes, but closer to Anchorage the massive mountains and beautiful scenery started to shine. The views rivalled anything we have ever seen from Alberta, BC & the Yukon, was truly amazing.

    We hunkered down in Anchorage for the night in a camp site on a river bank- was a nice site but very cold. We would imagine we continue to have the +5-7° weather.

    The next day we headed down to a great little ocean edge town called Seward. Sadly so did 3 cruise ships and it was the busiest day Seward has had in 30 some years. We are the kind of travellers that don't really like tourists! (We know how that sounds.)

    Seward is a charming town with a few local breweries, great restaurants and a massive fishing industry. We went sea kayaking here and saw some incredible scenes. A large sea otter was taking a sun bath on the ocean, we saw a dozen or so bald eagles, we also saw a salmon spawning river. We learned a lot about the life of a salmon that day, salmon lay their eggs in the same river they were born and then they die. Quite the site- a river full of rotting salmon. The birds would pick their eyes out and start to eat their flesh while they were still alive. I don't know about you, but I think I would rather be caught and killed instantly. But they aren't fulfilled in their lives until they can lay their eggs for the next generation.

    We found our way to a very cool brewery in Seward where we enjoyed a pint of local craft before heading back to Anchorage.

    That night in Anchorage we found a very cool restaurant called The Bridge which was a building built over a river. The bridge was an amazing experience, it's only open 3 months a year to keep all ingredients used local and sustainable. Well we ate on the patio we could watch the local fisherman catching their Alaskan Salmon. They catch everything locally and get all their vegetables from the very same valley. The food, server, atmosphere and drinks were top notch and we highly recommend this stop to anyone.

    Anchorage itself isn't a thrilling city, but there was a lot of cool shops and restaurants in the downtown core and a lot of ourdoor acrivities you can do in the area, not to mention seaonal whale watching.
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  • Day15

    Seward Embarkation

    August 27, 2017 in the United States

    The Seward departure point for the ship is adjacent to the rail depot where the Wilderness Express is waiting.

    Seward is largely a fishing port and entry point to Alaska from the sea. Set in a fjord, the waterway is surrounded by rugged high mountains that come down to the sea.

    Boarding is simple and uncomplicated. Finding our way around is more so. We depart around 8:15 pm and the weather ahead doesn't look great. The pilot boat pushes us out then we are on our way.Read more

  • 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

  • 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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  • Day4

    More on Seward and the Kenai Fjords

    May 19 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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  • Day4

    Kenai Fjords wildlife and scenery

    May 19 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

    Kenai Fjords wildlife continues...

    May 19 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). The last two photos are photos of pictures from our camera. The are of mountain goats and a bald eagle.Read more

  • Day31

    Seward, Alaska

    June 28, 2017 in the United States

    The route down the coast is spectacular. With the coastal inlet on one side and mountains and glaciers on the other, we were constantly stopping for photos. Portage was beautiful, but the boat trip rather expensive and very cold! Seward was not the most exciting of towns, but the view down the inlet was fantastic. Shame about the clouds, but it was still very impressive. A winter boat trip to the fjords is most definitely on the list for when we're rich travellers. Still, we got to see a sea otter chewing on crabs just off the coast which was pretty amazing! A quick stop at the very nice brew pub and then a long drive back to Anchorage.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Seward, سيوارد, Sivard, سووارد، آلاسکا, SWD, スワード, 슈어드, Сьюард, सेवार्द, 99664, Сивод, سیویرڈ، الاسکا, 苏厄德

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