Day 39, 7/7/15, Tuesday
Weather: Partly cloudy in the morning with sun in the afternoon. Temperatures were in the 60-70s.
Sometime early this morning a cruise ship sailed in and tied up at the dock. By the time we ate breakfast and walked into the town the ship’s passengers were already leaving on the tour buses, and the glacier sightseeing boats were on their way. We went into town briefly to use the available wifi and get last minute information on the Kenai Fjord National Park. There is a glacier, Exit Glacier, within the Park that is part of the Harding Icefield and can be reached by a short but somewhat challenging hike.
We left Seward and proceeded north on the Seward Highway. Within ten miles we reached the entrance to the National Park. We visited the Ranger Station to hear the particulars about the glacier and Gail took the opportunity to take the hike and see the glacier first hand.
We returned to the highway and continued northward until we reached Rt. 1 (Sterling Highway). This road took us due west along the northern part of the Kenai Peninsula. We made frequent stops to enjoy the views and time got a little ahead of us as has happened before.
With it now being about 6 pm we decided to stop for the night in a camping area in the city of Soldotna (N 60° 29’ 26” W 151° 02’ 51”, elevation 140 ft.). We had a great dinner at the St Ellias Brewery, named after the St Ellias mountains where we were at a week or two ago.
We will continue on to Homer in the morning.
G & P