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Seward, Alaska: Mt. Marathon Hike

Monday, July 9, 2007

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Despite hearing raindrops on our roof again this morning, we decide that we want to stay at least one more day at Seward. We really enjoyed Seward’s Municipal campground in town along the inlet, where we stayed for one night before coming to Stoney Creek. So we pack up and empty our tanks. While Jere is doing the smelly tank emptying, I take the trash and notice lots of eagles in the sky. I count 8 bald eagles circling around the sky above us, but another woman who is watching them says there are 10! What a beautiful sight—I love to watch eagles soar.
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When we drive over to the Seward campground, we find a front row spot open. So we back in our trailer and have a terrific view of the inlet.
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After lunch Joe and Jere decide they want to hike up to the top of Mt Marathon. It’s a very steep trail up to the top of the mountain behind Seward. It’s ‘claim to fame’ is the famous Mt Marathon 4th of July race, where runners race up and down the mountain. It’s dreary out with a possibility of rain and I have no desire to hike up the very steep trail, so I stay at the trailer. I catch up on some chores and watch a sea otter playing in the water near our trailer.
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Jere and Joe return from their hike covered in dirt. Apparently on parts of the trail it is too steep to climb down the mountain so they slid in the dirt.
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They also admit that they didn’t make it to the top of the mountain -- Jere was concerned about their safety when it started to rain and decided, much to Joe’s dismay, to not go the whole way. He says that anyone who climbs that mountain to the top is either foolish or fearless. He took some pictures to try to show the steepness, but he says the pictures can’t really show the steepness.
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Jere took this photo of our campground from halfway up the mountain:
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While Jere and Joe build a campfire beside the water, I make dinner. After dinner Jere and I spend the rest of the evening by the campfire. Well, actually we stay outside til the cold and dampness chase us inside. Joe elects to stay inside on his computer—he doesn’t even come out for s’mores. I’m not sure how it’s possible, but Joe does NOT like s’mores. Who doesn’t like s’mores?!
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Posted by jengelman 09:55 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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