From the Glaciers to the Ocean
This was a long driving day again. Starting from Denali area, we hoped
to find some good flight opportunities, which are available in Cantwell
or Talkeetna on the way south. But the weather was not good enough for
good views. So we decided to continue our drive south. We stopped short
before Anchorage and had lunch in a park. The spare pizzas from the
evening before came quite handy. A local couple joined our volleyball
session. Fun, but somehow strange people.
In Anchorage we stopped for short sight seeing after lunch. Most
of use used the chances for souvenir shopping and a restroom stop in
the conference center near the visitor center where Eric checked for
options for the next days. Also try to get used to the city. You'll be
back in a few days and it will help if you already know how to get
We finally arrived in Seward, continued straight to Miller's Landing.
Eric managed to get a cabin for us. No luxury, but still it was a
cabin. We had a small kitchen and some proper beds. After dinner,
we all went out to a local bar. Unfortunatelly it takes the van to
go to town. Thanx Eric. There was a big party with live music and
lots of German tourists dancing. Imagine the band playing on about
2 square meters. We also managed to pu a one dollar bill up to
the ceiling - holy macarony of course.
Next morning was boat tour time. But first, most of us went to the
laundromat. It was not open, but we still managed to wash and make
sure you wash here. You may not have too good chances in Anchorage
and none any later. For my part, I prefered to take some early
morning photos of Seward harbour and fishing beach.
Now the boat tour ... I won't go into too many details. We took the
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with Fox Island by KenaiFjords tours.
You must do it yourself. You'll love it. The weather was perfect.
Blue sky. But it can be a bit chilly anyway. We stopped at fox island
(former fox "farm") for lunch (all you can eat salmon buffet - vegi
option available). On the boat ride we saw black/white dolphins, lots
of birds including puffins, seals, sea lions, and a childish playing
whale. We also stopped at Holgate Glacier but unfortunatelly did not
see it calv.
We had dinner in the nearby fish&chips, went back to the camping
and some of us back to town to the bar again. Much less crowded
this time and they had a open jam session. Just bring your own
instrument and join the local musicians.
Next morning we hiked Exit Glacier. Exit Glacier is one of the north
arms of Harding Icefield. It's a short drive north west from Seward.
The hike to the top of the glacier should take you about four hours.
We decided to rush and make it in half of the time. It went pretty well
till all of a suddain some bushes right in front of us started to move
... and a bear head appeared. What now? We went through the normal
bear encounter procedure. Arms up, speak loudly but calm, back out
always facing the bear. From some distance we started making more
noise. And then also the two young bears appeared but the family
decided to move uphills. After some time we tryed to continue our
way up, but we ran into the bears about three more time. So we
decided to not risk any more and go back. The bear encounter was
very interesting and impressive but scary too.
In the afternoon we took our way north direction Anchorage and stopped
at Portage Glacier. This looked like a tourist spot. Nice but expensive
gift and souvenir shop, some boat cruises, but nothing much to see for
Read about Anchorage on the next page.
- Kenai Fjords boat tour
- Beautiful hikes
- From Denali N.P. take George Parks Hwy 3 south to Anchorage.
- Join Glen Hwy 1 in Palmer.
- From Anchorage continue on Hwy 1 south .
- On the Kenai Peninsula take Hwy 9 south to Seward.
- Drive through Seward and find Miller's Landing a few minutes
drive south of downtown Seward.
Hints and Tips
- Photo: Be prepared for strong lights, fast moving animals
and some moisture on the boat trip. Have your camera handy
when hiking (for the bears).
- Bring wind and water resistant cloths. A hat and gloves may
be very handy and don't forget sunglasses.
- Be prepared against motion sickness. It's not very bad, but
poeple who are likely to get motion sick should bring medication.
And if you feel bad: the worst location is the toilet and
outside is better than inside.
- Don't forget about bears! Even though they should not come to
Seward, you may meet some on the hikes.
Capt. Sherrie Miller
Capt. Mike Miller
P.O. Box 81, Seward, Alaska 99664
Phone: 907 224-5739
- Showers, toilets (sligtly dirty), electricity
- Cabins available (limited number)
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