Wednesday, August 1, 2012

June 30, 2012 - Anchorage, AK - Campground

We woke up to overcast skies and predictions of rain.  We fully suited up and took off.  I was glad to leave this campground with all its noise.  We planned to stop in Anchorage for the night.  We just keep up a good pace and were in Anchorage in no time.  We did manage to see a moose along the road in a drainage ditch, munching on greens.  That was the only animal we saw.  We hit a Wal-Mart to stock up on a few things.  There wasn’t much in Anchorage, so we headed out to Seward.  We met a rider who suggested we just go to Seward, and then Homer.  We may pass on Homer, but may go part way to it.  It appears that much of the Kenai Peninsula wildlife viewing is on the western side of the peninsula. 

Welcome Sign to Kenai Peninsula on The Road to Seward, AK
The ride from Anchorage to Seward was spectacular.  The road winds along the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet.  On both sides were mountains, covered in snow, and much of it was deep and heavy.  Everyone has told us of the heavy snows they had received this past winter.  This was a real eye-opener to see all of it.  Many areas have small snow fields along the road that came from the slope of the mountains, right to the edge of the road.  Every turn of the road was even more thrilling.  It was probably the best scenic ride since The Icefields Parkway from Banff, Alberta.
Some Mountains Along the Road on the Turnagain Arm Off Cook Inlet 
Some Mountains Along the Road on the Turnagain Arm Off Cook Inlet

Several places, we saw a number of people along the road either looking up the mountain or into the inlet.  Obviously it was some critters, but we never stopped.  However, we did slow down to watch a pod of whales moving through the inlet.  There was no safe place to pull over, and only a narrow shoulder afforded us a viewing site.  We kept going. 

An eagle came right over our heads along a portion of the road.  He was huge, and he lighted in a tree along the road.  We were going slow and to see him was a rush. 
Welcome to Seward, AK
Campsite in Seward, AK

Some Mountains Surrounding Seward On Resurrection Bay
Some Mountains Surrounding Seward On Resurrection Bay 
We arrived in Seward and stopped at the visitor center.  We didn’t find any others along the way.  I inquired about campgrounds and the gentleman said if I found an open site tonight, I was lucky.  I called ahead on a site he suggested and found a site.  It is not the best campground, but at least we can eat, drink and relax.  One good thing about this campground is it lies at the end of a road with no traffic.  I don’t believe noise will be a problem tonight.

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