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Seward, Alaska Municipal Campground

Friday, July 6, 2007

semi-overcast 0 °F

Wonderful blue skies when we wake up! Today is the first day in quite some time that we have NO RAIN. I forgot how beautiful Alaska is with blue skies.

We pack up (again), leave Ninilchik, and drive to Seward; about 130 miles. We make a few stops, including a stop at Uncle Lloyds to pick up my early birthday present, a wood-carved bear. No wildlife for today's drive, but very pretty scenery on the Sterling and Seward highway.

Whoops--how could I forget the large moose that we saw crossing a very large creek--it was really different to see a moose in a large, flowing creek. No place to stop the truck to take a picture, but we did see some wildlife.

We couldn't get campground reservations for tonight, so we are going to try our luck at the Seward Municipal Campground. We pass dozens and dozens of RVs as we travel to Seward, so we're hoping everyone is leaving Seward, but when we arrive the campground is almost full, even the tent areas. The key word being 'almost'. They have 2-3 sites left so we take one and set up.

The view from the campsite is incredible. The campground is on the shores of the inlet, so we have a view of the water with snow-capped mountains in the background.

As soon as we're set up we head to the downtown to reserve a boat tour to see Kenai Fjords National Park. Our first choice of tours is full for the next two days, but we find another tour company that has 5 seats left for Sunday's full-day tour. We buy our tickets ($400 for the 3 of us for an 8 hour cruise, including food/beverages--I think we're going to be overbudget this week) and then head back to the campground.

After an early dinner we spend the rest of the evening walking along the water. Joe skips stones on the water as Jere and I walk near him.

Walking back to the campground we're suprised to see a sea otter floating on its' back about 20 feet from shore. Very cute. Soon after that we spot a seal swimming in the water. However, by far the most prevalent creature we see is the seagull. We see hundreds of gulls.

We get back to the campsite around 9pm and debate about a campfire, but decide to have popcorn and hot chocolate inside the warm trailer by the back picture window instead. We have great views from our side window and our back picture window. Jere and I pull chairs and sit by the back window (Joe's bedroom). We're missing the smell of the campfire and the tasty s'mores, but with this beautiful scenery we don't care. And yes, it's still very light out at 10pm when this picture of our back window view is taken.

Posted by jengelman 13:27 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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