Exploring Alaska on our first year of full-timing was considered ambitious and brave by some of our friends. But we’re so glad we did it! The experience taught us so much in a very short time. We learned to navigate tight spaces, deal with rough roads, make due with minimal utilities and live in remote campgrounds with like-minded adventurers. We have synchronized to perfection our tasks of moving in and out of tight sites and hooking and unhooking the tow. We feel more than ready to live on the road full time from now on. Continue reading
After basking in the sun in Kenai, we packed up and moved to the southeastern side of the Kenai Peninsula to Seward. It is a small picturesque city ringed by steep mountains on one side and the sparkling waters of Resurrection Bay on the other. This is not only a fishing town but it also offers a little bit of everything, hence tagged as “Alaska starts here.”
We left the sun shine and drove thru rain again. The plan was to stay here for five days but the forecast for that time was rain, rain and more rain. The consolation however was that the RV park we stayed in had awesome views – we were entertained daily by playful sea otters, bald eagles, sea gulls, kayakers, and cruise ships passing over the bay outside our front window.
What to do on a rainy day and not get wet? Go see some animals at the Alaska SeaLife Center. The center serves as a marine research center as well as an educational institution. This sea life center is filled with amazing and wonderful displays of sea life and birds in Alaska that would otherwise be a rare sight. There is a bird rockery display where beautiful and cute puffins were flying around.
It continued to rain the following day, but we went ahead and explored Exit Glacier, one of the attractions in Seward. Exit Glacier is one of the most accessible by foot and it emerges from the Harding Icefield . We followed a moderately strenuous hike which lead us to the wall of the blue ice at the edge of the glacier. The trail has markers showing where it ended on various years as it continues to recede during the past hundred years.
There will be a part 2 of Seward to talk about the Kenai Fjords National Park tour in my next blog.
After the 4th day we realized that the rain was going to continue, and we had seen just about everything we wanted to. So we hooked up the car and headed to Portage, which also had some nice surprises to offer. Stay tuned!