Sunday, August 07, 2011

Seward, Alaska

Seward Harbor, Alaska
Before finally moving out from my series on Kenai Fjords National Park posts, let me share the place where we stayed for several days. Seward is a very picturesque small city of Alaska, and it is known to be the gateway of Kenai Fjords National Park. I have learned about this beautiful city from Wild Nature's Images Where to Photograph in Alaska. I am so glad we put this in our itinerary for my best Alaska experience has to be here in Seward. First, the hike to Harding Icefield, and second, experiencing glacier calving and the wildlife of Kenai Fjords. I have seen only very little of Kenai Fjords National Park, but I really love it. It's the park of my dreams where the ocean, mountains, glaciers, forests, and rich wildlife co-exist. The little town of Seward allows tourists to enjoy Kenai Fjords National Park in a variety of ways. We explored Kenai Fjords by foot through hiking Harding Icefield and experiencing Exit Glacier up close, and we explored Kenai Fjords by boat.
Me, While Waiting for our Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
There are so many more ways to explore this park, but because of our curiosity to see more of Alaska, we left Seward after 3 days and moved North to Denali National Park, another amazing National Park in Alaska. Some of the common reactions I had been receiving since I shared our AK adventure is that AK is too cold for them. Actually, visiting AK in the summer is the most pleasant. Notice in the above picture, I was not dressed warm. In fact, after our day cruise in Kenai, when we got to our hotel, we felt warm we had to ask the front desk where is the A/C! Since the hotel has no A/C ( they have very few days with 70s temperature with an average summer temps in the 50s and 60s, understandably, buildings have no a/c), we cooled off with ice cream outside.
We were lucky and blessed with good weather when we were at Seward. I can get out from our room very early in the morning while waiting for others to be ready to take a me time-walk to the nearby harbor and Resurrection Bay without feeling cold. 
Resurrection Bay
Of course, it can get colder, like when we are approaching the peak of the hike at Harding Icefield, but our cruise had been very pleasantly warm and calm. It would probably be a lot different by September when AK becomes colder. Here are more pictures I have of Seward Harbor,
Freshly Caught Halibut
Seward Harbor

And because the city of Seward is small, rest assured, if you stay in Seward, these are some of the views you will get from your room and you will have abundance of sea food and other foods, only that, don't come later 10:00 pm, and you will find no restaurant to serve you. 
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  1. Oh what a sight, Beth! Like you, I love seafood too. Love the view from the hotel.. such a vacation! :)

  2. Your adventure truly amazed me, and it filled with energy to all the senses.

  3. smiling here and loving all your photos Betchai! my fave is that one while you were waiting for your Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise...

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