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Elaine and Peter’s Travel Diary

Monday, 22 Jul 2019

Location: Seward, Alaska, USA

MapOur destination today was the port of Seward in the picturesque Kenai Peninsula.

As usual, Titan had planned such interesting stops along the way.

Instead was a drive along Hatchers Pass. It was a lovely drive up through countryside reminiscent of the Alps, into the tail of the Talkeetna Mountain Range. It is one of Alaska's highest passes.

At the end of the Pass we found the Independence Mine Historical State Park on Granite Mountain. The mines produced large amounts of gold but during World War Two but production was deemed unnecessary and it fell into ruin. It now is a fascinating historical park. The location is stunning and we spent a couple of hours exploring the trails into the tundra covered hillside in and around the complex of buildings. It was enhanced by the sighting of a marmot who stood to attention for ages just a few feet away from us.
A great place to spend some time.

Lunch stop was further down the road in the town of Palmer famous for its growth of huge record breaking sized vegetables.

An hour further along and we entered the scenic highway along Turnagain Arm. Here there are forested slopes and ice fields and a coast cut by deep fjords and dramatic valleys. The name of the Arm is curious. It was bestowed by Captain James Cook when he was forced to turn again after discovering it was impossible to navigate the seas around here. The views of Kenai Mountains are spectacular from here.

We had a gem of a stop along here for homemade cakes provided for us by the owner of Trail Lake Lodge at a village called Moose Pass. There are only a dozen buildings here including a school,of ten. The owner was a sixty year old chap called Streamer who enthralled us with tales of his past life in the US and his current life in this remote place. It is hard to imagine why he came here and his love of living in a place where he needs his float plane to get out in the winter when for over three weeks of the year the temperature is below minus thirty
degrees. Another gem.

Our destination tonight is in the Windsong Lodge in the forests on the outskirts of the port of Seward, complete with sightings of bears.
Seward is considered to be one of Alaskas most scenic places and it doesn't disappoint. It is located on Resurrection Bay.
The air is a bit hazy. Apparently it is smoke from the forest fire which is forty per cent contained on this peninsula, last week it was much work looking as if the port
was shrouded in fog.

After settling into our room we took the complementary shuttle bus into downtown and walked the hour long waterfront path along the shore from the small boat harbour. Row upon row of small boats bob up and down beneath snow capped mountains across the bay. The waterfront is a bustling tourist place in the summer with row after row of RVs parked up on the shore. Many spend the summer here with their camp fires and their BBQ s on the shoreline swelling the population of the town from 3000 to 4000.

And we count ourselves to be very lucky to be two of those fortunate tourists in this stunning location!