Wednesday, June 19, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (39)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (39)

06/19/2019 / Travel Day – Seward, Alaska


Start Location:
Start Time: 7:35 a.m.
Mileage:  54,057.9
Weather: 48 - 61 F 50% Chance of Rain – Rained A Bit

End Location:
  • Harbor Side
  • 1118 4th Ave, Seward, AK 99664
  • 907.224.4055
End Time: 10:30 a.m.
Mileage:  54,185.3
Cost Per Night: $20.00 USD
Weather: 52 - 66 F 50% Sunny
Route:
  • 3 South
  • 9 South

Found a beautiful spot – facing the mountains and harbor. The sites are pretty big. However, there is a lot of foot traffic and they wander right through your campsite. Harbor Side is just two blocks from the town; no hookups though. We were unlucky enough to camp right next to a camper with a barking dog!

On The Kenai Fjord Dinner Cruise
As soon as we set up camp, we booked a Kenai Fjord dinner cruise. It departed at 3:00 and returned at 8:30 p.m. The pick-up site is within walking distance. We picked the evening tour because we figured there would be less children. Of course, I was wrong. We arrived early and were the second couple in line to board.

Sadly, fifteen minutes before boarding time, they marched a group of children onto the Orca Voyager. Naturally, they marked most of the premium window seats with their backpacks and junk; then sat in the upper deck outside seats!

Although, we were the second couple aboard, we had to grab a cramped window seat in the back – and we were lucky to get it. Then these kids (who were from California) ran up and down the decks and being loud. It made it difficult to hear the captain’s instructions and narration.

But enough complaining. The cruise glided through Resurrection Bay past abundant wildlife and deep into the Kenai Fjords National Park. The Captain Chad’s chronicle was very interesting and on point; Paul and I both learned a lot. We even witnessed chunks of the glacier come crashing down into the bay.

My dinner of crab cakes with Sriracha aioli, roasted corn, jalapeno, onions and cilantro, served with a mixed vegetable salad and dinner roll was a tad scarce but tasty. Paul had the vegetarian patty. We ate while stopped in front of Aialik Glacer. All the adults aboard were very polite and friendly. Everyone had their opportunity to take photos.

Wildlife Spotted: Commorant (bird); Goat; Humpback Whale; Moon Jellyfish; Otters; Puffins; (flying); Seagulls; Seals; Steller Sea Lions.


Anchorage to Seward, Alaska
Anchorage to Seward, Alaska
Scenery on the 3 South Anchorage to Seward
Scenery on the 3 South Anchorage to Seward
Friendly and Colorful Locals
Friendly and Colorful Locals
You Can See the Water Evaporation In the Distance
You Can See the Water Evaporation In the Distance
Humpback Whale – The Breach
Humpback Whale – The Breach
Humpback Whale Waved Goodbye
Humpback Whale Waved Goodbye
Bear Glacier - The Longest Glacier in the Park.
Bear Glacier - The Longest Glacier in the Park.
You could See a Mountain Goat Far in the Distance
You could See a Mountain Goat Far in the Distance
Three Hole Point, Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Three Hole Point, Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Aialik Glacier is a Little Over 15 Miles from Seward
Aialik Glacier is a Little Over 15 Miles from Seward
Sea Otter is Endangered in Western Alaska
Sea Otter is Endangered in Western Alaska
My Crab Cake Dinner
My Crab Cake Dinner
Harbor Seals Numbers Have Declined Greatly
Harbor Seals Numbers Have Declined Greatly
View of the Aialik Glacier from the Back of the Orca Voyager
View of the Aialik Glacier from the Back of the Orca Voyager
Holding a Chunk of Glacier Ice – Cold & Heavy
Holding a Chunk of Glacier Ice – Cold & Heavy
The Moon Jellyfish is Translucent and Usually About 10–16” In Diameter
The Moon Jellyfish is Translucent and Usually About 10–16” In Diameter
Steller Sea Lions are the Largest Member of the Eared Seal Family
Steller Sea Lions are the Largest Member of the Eared Seal Family
Beautiful Panoramas Everywhere
Beautiful Panoramas Everywhere

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal

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