Seward & AlaskaJuly 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.Read more