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Jun 28, 2018 - Second day in Seward

Highlights of the day were the Sea life center and Exit Glacier. Both are easily accessible with the center being in town and the Glacier being about 10 miles out, on a good paved road. Two cruise ships were in town today which added to the local activity. Alaska RR passenger service is here, and it appears to be shiney and good. The sea life center was built after the earthquake as was mich of the docks. There are a lot of private boats here populating the harbor. We were surprised to read that Resurrection Bay is something like 960 feet...

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Jun 27, 2018 - Travel to Seward

Hadn’t been able to upload this day’s journal due to limited interned availability. The trip to Seward consisted of the main points of Turnagain Arm, Bird Point on Turnagain Arm and Girdwood. Turnagain Arm is an interesting drive, where you are looking for Beluga Whales and the Bore Tide. There is a geneticly different Beluga whale that stays here, and is endangered. The Bore Tide is best viewed at Bird Point 2 hours and 15 minutes after low tide in Anchorage. This is a dangerous phenomenon that can catch people in its path by both the...

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Jun 11, 2018 - Sea day

Sea day Mon June 11 We were up about 6 am. Cloudy and cool this am, but inside is nice. Nice breakfast assortment. I had my usual of omelet, part of a muffin, fresh fruit, yogurt, as well as a delicious small Belgian waffle, gingerbread flavor of the day with strawberries on too. Of course lots of coffee. We walked around for a while. We saw the nice hydro pool so Jim was going to do that. Turns out, someone failed to close the door when we went in to look. So that's why we got in.... $139 per person for the week. Guess not! We'll use free...

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Jun 10, 2018 - Seward, Alaska and cruise ship

Anchorage to Seward and Noordam Cruise Ship. June 10 Bittersweet day. Last day of the land journey, yet we get to board the cruise ship this afternoon. We finished packing and went for a long walk downtown. The westher in Anchorage has.been wonderful. Mostly in the 60s. Very comfortable in jeans and t-shirts and sometimes wearing a fleece or long sleeves. I also forgot to mention how beautiful and plentiful the flowers have been throughout the city. After our walk, we had some time to rest, then left on a coach for the train. The train has...

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Aug 15, 2017 - Hubbard Glacier

We boarded our ship in Seward. I am so glad that Steve and I got to spend time in Seward last week because there was no time to enjoy it before getting on the ship. We left Seward around 5 pm. We sailed/motored our way out of Resurrection Bay, through the Kenai Fjords National Park into the Gulf of Alaska. As I said once before it remains light until 1 or 2 in the morning, then there is dusk, then the sun comes up again. Throws off your body clock. The first day aboard was spent at sea; however, not open waters. We were watching beautiful...

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Jul 21, 2017 - South to Seward

We turned south on Alaska Highway 9 toward Seward. We had some beautiful views of the Chugach Glacial mountains on the way to Seward. When we arrived in Seward, the Waterfront City Campground that does not take reservations, was packed full. Just then someone came out to put up the “Campground Full” sign. The other RV parks were also full so I called one 6 miles north of town, Stoneybrook, but they were not answering their phone. When we arrived there - booked solid – a caravan was coming in. Disappointed that we cannot stay is this area...

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Jul 20, 2017 - Sunshine Changes Everything

At last! Now I feel like I am in Alaska. The sun came out, the clouds parted and low and behold we can see. It is gorgeous. We left Anchorage and drove to Seward. It is supposed to be about a 2.5 hour drive. I think it took us 5 hours. I had to stop at almost every turn out. Each turn in the road offered another spectacular view. There is just something magical about mountains and water. Colorado has beautiful mountains but when you add water, it just seems to enhance the mountain views. We are staying at this lodge right on Resurrection...

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Jul 12, 2017 - Epilogue

Needless to say, we kept in touch with the three fishing Musketeers and received encouraging reports. First and foremost it was Josef who succeeded in landing the first fish, a 16 inch plump Rainbow Trout that was promptly and expertly prepared for consumtion by the three. Then came the real Deliverance of Josef, a strike by a Sockeye Salmon that was a keeper ! Again, like in Tangle Lakes the fishing jinx was broken. Josef went on to hook three more salmon. However these were already mauled by predators down river, probably seals or otters...

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Jul 12, 2017 - Wednesday, July 12th 2017 - Seward, Alaska - the "Change of Command"

The morning started with a flood of sunshine. The temperature at 8 am was 63 F. We noticed already during the past days that this would not be a guarantee of a sunny day! The weather can change on a moment's notice. Each morning the sun burst into the sky behind the snow and ice covered peaks of the Kenai Mountains, just across the Resurrection Bay in front of us. Each time I was certain that by noon when I was no longer facing the sun directly I would be able to take some price winning pictures. No such luck. For some reason, each day by...

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Jul 11, 2017 - Tuesday, July 11th 2017 - a sunny morning in Seward, Alaska

There is a lot of activity early in the morning around the port of Seward. While it appears that more cruise ships sail into Whittier, a harbor slightly further north there are lots of fishing and excursion boats leaving at all hours of the early morning. So did our intrepid fishermen who spent an uncomfortable night in the tent outside the Beaver. Uncomfortable primarily due to the inconsiderate use of electric generators by neighboring campers. This is an issue that bothers a person who respects the rule of quiet enjoyment of nature set...

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Jul 10, 2017 - Monday, July 10th 2017 - Homer good bye, we are driving to Seward, Alaska

The day started quite cloudy and at times rain squalls came rolling in from the ocean. Not exactly a picture perfect omen for our last excursion journey of the inbound tour. Our son Mark who flew in from his home in Virginia with our youngest grandson Michael to join Josef in Anchorage will take over the Beaver in Seward, AK for their own fishing expedition centered largely around Cooper Landing and the Russian River area of the Kenai Peninsula. The drive from Homer to Seward is 193 miles on largely good roads. We arranged to meet Susi...

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Jun 28, 2017 - Final day of Seward fishing then onto Healy

How does a person measure success? Subjective question, I suppose, with a different answer from every living soul. Out of the three halibut charters I was fortunate enough to take part in, the recent one out of Seward, brought me the most poundage of halibut. If you measure success in poundage of fish, Seward is the winner. If you take the totality of the whole charter, each charter was a winner in other ways rather than in poundage of fish. The experience of traveling across the open ocean with the rugged shoreline of different parts of...

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