Thursday, June 25, 2015

Day 1 in Alaska- Seaside Stop in Seward

After a morning hike in the Kenai Pennisula, we headed to the small town of Seward.


 The town is surrounded by mountains and is located on the east side of the Harding Icefield.

The town of Seward is named after the US Secretary of State- William Seward- who purchased Alaska from Russia on March 30, 1867 for $7M, roughly 2 cents an acre. This action was known as "Seward's Folly".

This small seaside town is known for it's fishing industry and plethora of marine wildlife. Brian booked us a 5 hour cruise to tour the Resurrection Bay area.

This is Bear Glacier. As you can see it has retreated far enough that it does not extend into the Pacific.

On top of Caines Head island is Fort McGivney, which was built to defend Alaska (and therfore the United States) from the Japanese during World War 2. 

We mostly took the tour though for the wildlife, although the views were spectacular and the wind cold. We saw sea otters.....

.. a harp seal....

... humpback whales...

... puffins....

... and sea lions sunning themselves.

The cruise- Kenai Fjords Tours to Resurrection Bay included a stop at Fox Island for lunch.

After a buffet of salmon, prime rib, potatoes, vegetables, and salad we sat along the shoreline just relaxing at the amazing view and skipped rocks along the waters edge.

Kenai Fjords is a recommended stop according to the travel book- 1000 Places to See Before You Die. And Kenai Fjords Tours is a highly regarded tour company which I would recommend. They were so accomodating, informative, and definitely helped us to see several types of animals. We took the Resurrection Bay tour as you can see from this map:

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