Along the whole length of Seward, right next to Resurrection Bay, lays a series of city parks, open to camping. This area used to be part of the city, until the ’64 earthquake dropped the level of the land by 6 feet. Residents now call the long line of RVs parked along the water’s edge, the city’s “first line of defense” against another tsunami. Our RV park was at the base of Mt. Marathon, site of a grueling July 4th run straight up the 3000 foot mountain. (Well at least 60 degrees up for part of the distance.)
Our activities in Seward focused on the sea and glaciers. We started by buying and barbecuing fresh halibut and red snapper. Then we hiked to one of Alaska’s most accessible glaciers – Exit Glacier. And lastly we took an incredible Major’s Wildlife and Glacier Tour (another one of our Alaska TourSaver two-for-one coupons.) We explored the beauty of the Kenai Fjords National Park, saw whales (humpbacks and orcas) and birds of all kinds, and got close enough to Holgate Glacier to hear the “rifle shot” noise of cracking ice and see showers of ice plummet into the sea (though no real “calving”.) After delighting our eyes at every fjord and island, they then delighted our taste buds with a delicious salmon and prime rib buffet, followed by great desserts as we returned to Seward.
The next day took us to an interesting stop at the Alaska Sea life Center, where they study and rehabilitate all kinds of rescued ocean critters, and give the public a chance to learn about them too. A great hands-on room included a dissection of a halibut and a seven year old “docent” explaining how to handle a bowl of live crabs.