Off to Anchorage. Arrived and parked the rig downtown. Went to the visitor’s centre and National Parks visitor’s centre and got the 411. The National Parks guy was glad to hear that we had booked the boat trip out of Seward as that was the best thing going. We thought we would check into our park and decide what to do after that. We drove up to the park. It was in the middle of Anchorage and was literally a parking lot. We looked at each other and said “forget it” and journeyed on to Seward. The drive was spectacular. All of a sudden you have mountains, snow and glaciers to look at. We were excited. We could not get into our first choice park but the second choice had great ratings. We got off the exit a couple hours later and the greenery surrounding us was beautiful. We turn into the park and they have “paved paradise and put in a parking lot”. We were stunned and disappointed. There was so much land and beauty and this is what they did????? It was too late to look for something else so we just hunkered down. A woman was yelling at her husband and then two RV’s excited quickly. Like us, she was shocked and then chose not to stay. We have an app called Allstays and they rate the parks. I will write a little missive for this. It was outrageous!
Woke up and it had stopped raining and I could see the mountains. Oh my, it was going to be a beautiful day even though the weather app called for rain. We got on the road. Opened up the Milepost and headed for the city campgrounds. I called their number, got the most helpful women who directed us to the park. First come first serve, but she said you never know, you might get lucky. We got to the park and talked to the most helpful camp host (he had to be 85). I asked him for his favourite spot and off we went. I am sitting here gazing at the river and mountains. Thank you kind people. I called the city lady back, thanked her for her help and told her how fantastic the camp host was. “Well, anything else you need, just give us a call”.
We managed to get a site beside the ocean’s edge – beautiful. Tig liked it very much.
This new camera takes selfies but we aren’t very good at it. This is the best we could do after a number of attempts. Maybe we should postpone cocktail hour until we have taken the photos.
We went to an old railway car for a scrumptious breakfast and then went over to confirm our Keani Fjord booking and checked in. An all day event Friday including a salmon, roast beef and king crab dinner. Not sure it will live up to the Tipple annual Crab Fest, but we shall see. Then we were off to the National Park Center – Exit Glacier which is just outside of Seward. There was a ranger walk at 1pm up to the glacier so we decided to take that.
We went to the visitor center and checked in for the Ranger Walk. Just outside was a large sign advising you on dealing with bears. It said:
- Bears don’t like surprises – talk or sing on the trail
- Don’t run – you will look like prey and trigger a predator response
- If attacked, assume fetal position with your hands behind your neck and play dead
- If the bear starts eating you, fight back.
I did not make this up – I am in favour of running – all I have to do is outrun Doug – easy!
The walk up to the glacier was gorgeous and the ranger was very knowledgeable. Here I am with Dave on the trail.
This a picture of Doug and I standing before Exit Glacier. It was named this as a few intrepid adventurers hiked from Homer and this is where they exited to reach Seward.
Came back to the campgrounds for the cocktail hour. Some folks asked if they could see our RV. I could have sold it on the spot. It really is a beauty and we sure have been having fun in it. Clouds are moving in. Supposed to rain tomorrow, but you never know. Going to see puffins, seals, whales and other birds. Can’t wait.
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