Seward Sealife Center is a...
Favorite thing: Seward Sealife Center is a must see,Seward is also the start of The Alaskan Railroad.This is an actual town that you could drive through in 5 minutes,but drive from the ocean or you will be driving in the ocean.
Fondest memory: SEWARD SEALIFE CENTER
Take an interest in the...
Favorite thing: Take an interest in the birdlife - even if its just the bald eagles and the puffins. Before Alaska, I never paid much attention to birds, but there are so many fascinating species here. Obviously, I can't tell what birds I have here in the pic, but I'd guess kittiwakes. If you see them swarming around in one spot on the water, that means there's a lot of krill (small shrimp) or other small prey species. Marine mammals such as porpoise, whales, and sea lions will act in groups to surround the prey and then they feast. The krill or fish will swarm together in a mass (protection in numbers). The prey rises to the surface where they are hit by the birds. They get hit from all sides!
Enjoy the splendor that is...
Favorite thing: Enjoy the splendor that is Kenai Fjords National Park. This park includes over 580,000 acres on the rugged southeastern coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Photo: View back towards Resurrection Bay from the boat.
Look for sea otters. If you...
Favorite thing: Look for sea otters. If you see them, it will most likely be in Resurrection Bay at the beginning of your cruise or if you're camping at the waterfront. Sea otters are fun to watch - they float on their backs most of the time, rolling, grooming and diving for there favorite shellfish. They are also known for breaking open shellfish on their bellies with a blunt object (maybe a rock).
Go on the Kenai Fjords...
Favorite thing: Go on the Kenai Fjords National Park Tour! There are several options and times of day when tours go out. You may want to consider the afternoon tour which includes dinner. This combination wildlife and glacier cruise takes you through Resurrection Bay, around Aialik Cape and to the very face of an active tidewater glacier. You'll also visit the Chiswell Islands which are part of an Alaskan Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. At the mouth of Resurrection Bay is Hive Island, called the 'Beehive' for the swarms of birds which live here in summer. Over 20,000 horned and tufted puffins make their nests here. For the rest of the year, they live on the open ocean. When these birds are flying to and from this island, it really does look like a beehive! It's an incredible sight. The boat will come fairly close to the island to give you a better look at the birds. Cormorants, black oystercatchers, murres and kittiwakes are also often seen on the tour. For more info and current prices click Kenaifjords
Spend a day cruising in the...
Favorite thing: Spend a day cruising in the Kenai Fjords National Park! Photo: That's me in early June, 1996 on-board a vessel about to embark on a day cruise into the park. As you can see, it was warm enough for a T-shirt - at least before the boat started moving! Large cruise ships make a stop in Seward as well. There are a few tour operators in town that do day trips into the fjords. I always went with Kenai Fjords Tours and found them to be excellent! They were the original operator in the area and are still the most popular. The captains are experienced naturalists and they will explain a lot about the coastal wilderness and about the animals you encounter. This is a spectacular tour at any time in the summer, but I found that it was even more so in June and July when tens of thousands of seabirds are nesting. This is not something you want to miss if you are in this part of Alaska! Kenai Fjords Tours is located on the boardwalk by the Seward small boat harbor. They also have a location in Downtown Anchorage at 513 West 4th Avenue, near to the Visitor's Log Cabin. (800)478-8068 or (907)224-8068 in Seward, (907) 276-6249 in Anchorage.
See the Stellar sea lions in...
Favorite thing: See the Stellar sea lions in the Chiswell Islands. They always pull out in a certain spot, so you are almost guaranteed to see them. Other marine mammals which I saw here during the summer were orcas, humpback whales, a fin whale, Dall's porpoises, and harbour seals. Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera for half the summer because the one I'd brought broke! :( Of course, that's when the orcas and whales appeared! The Orcas were so close that we could look them in the eye!
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Fondest memory: Watching and hearing this active tidewater glacier calve chunks of ice into the sea. This is very loud! You never know when it will calve, so it's not easy getting a good picture. I took quite a few pics to get this shot!
Take the Kenai Fjords National...
Favorite thing: Take the Kenai Fjords National Park tour and see Holgate Glacier. This active tidewater glacier flows down from the Harding Icefield. The Harding Icefield is a 700 square mile remnant of the last ice age. To see the Icefield, you can do a flightseeing trip from Seward or go hiking on the ice. Exit glacier is the most accessible of the park's glaciers. To get there, turn off Milepost 3.7 on the Seward Highway and follow Exit Glacier Road to the end. Unless you're experienced, I wouldn't venture onto a glacier without a guide. Beware of falling ice at Exit glacier!
Resurection Bay at Dusk
Favorite thing: This is pretty much the view everyone has in Seward. A pretty bay with coastal mountains on the far shore. Beautiful in the morning, beautiful at sunset, beautiful at high noon. A great setting.
- Hiking and Walking
Keep your eyes open for...
Favorite thing: Keep your eyes open for wildlife! I don't know what we were looking at here... possibly a bald eagle or just the spectacular scenery!
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Fondest memory: Getting a second pic of the Holgate Glacier claving! Icebergs from calving glaciers provide ideal refuge for harbor seals.
Here is my last group in early...
Favorite thing: Here is my last group in early September in front of the Holgate Glacier. This is the spot where we stopped for dinner.
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