Time was right for us to see some Alaskan wildlife and awesome snow-covered mountains beside the waters of Turnagain Arm and Resurrection Bay. We took the short 125 mile drive to Seward, Alaska.
Craig and I took the Seward Highway to Seward for a day trip worth raving about. The Seward Highway is a designated scenic byway. It lives up to the hype. Sun was shining, mountains were gleaming, and Turnagain Arm’s tide was out. Best use of the word “awesome” I can attest. Roads are in good condition and traffic was light.
Harding Ice Field was visible from deck of Kenai Fjord’s Glacier Explorer as we explored Resurrection Bay. Captain Cook gave the bay its name as he explored it on Easter. Wildlife sightings included: bald eagle, Murres, oyster catcher, stellar sea lions, mountain goats, porpoises, orcas, but no gray whale—phoney!
When in the dock area be sure to stop at Nature’s Nectars. A great latte was made and served by owner Cedar Bourgois. Cedar is a local Seward resident who has won Mt. Marathon multiple times. I think it is seven times!
Also check out AK Starfish Co. I purchased a pair of earning made by a Juneau artist. Marcie’s company also sells her authentic Alaskan clothing designs on shirts, tops, hats, and pants.
A trip into the downtown area is not complete without a stop at Resurect Art Coffee House, 320 Third Avenue. Linger over a cup of coffee and enjoy the paintings, art posters, note cards, jewelry, wood works.
Be certain to spend time in Seward’s SeaLife Center. This summer they have arranged to have a traveling exhibit from Idaho Museum of Natural History on sharks.
Finally take a stroll on the paved trail along the bay from SeaLife Center back to the dock area. It’s a little more than a mile of breath-taking views across the water. Yesterday’s great weather brought out at least two kayakers.
Seward, an outstanding day trip choice!