Day 37, 7/5/15, Sunday
Weather: Sunny changing to light rain arriving by dinner. Temperatures were in the 70s.
Everything was quiet in the campground last evening with no nearby fireworks to end the 4th. Although, in speaking with the manager of the park she said that she had heard gun shots. Party animals that we are, we slept through the night.
As planned, we left the campgrounds in Anchorage and headed wsw to Seward. This was about a four hour drive on the Seward Highway that runs along the shore line of Cook Inlet for the first hour or so of the trip. There are beluga whale in the area but none visible today. Again, we were surrounded by beautiful mountains, some with small ice fields.
Seward is famous for being the home of the flag of Alaska as well as being the starting point for the Iditarod race, 938 miles from here to Nome. We did not have to traverse any mountains to speak of today because the highway follows the shore.
When we arrived in Seward, our first stop as usual was at the visitor center. Not only were we looking for information of the local campgrounds but we were also interested in the location of the nearest glacier field and how close we could get to it. We stopped at the National Park Ranger building to do some inquiries on programs offered here at the Kenai Fjords National Park.
The campground that we selected as our destination is a municipal camp located on the banks of the Seward harbor (N 60° 06’ 38” W 149° 26’ 09”, elevation 19 ft.). We can hear the music from the Holland America cruise ship across the harbor. Our campsite is approximately twenty-five feet from the shore. With any luck, I will be able to grab some time tomorrow to attempt some fishing.
This afternoon was the finals of the Women’s World Cup, USA vs Japan. We went to a local pub and watched the last 20 minutes of game. Great win for the U.S. and rousing cheers throughout the pub!
G & P