|View From Seward Byway|
Starting in Anchorage, the Seward Highway snakes around the coastline through the Kenai Peninsula for 127 miles. The highway was designated a National Forest Scenic Byway by the U.S. Forest Service on September 8, 1989. Later, the State of Alaska added it to the State Scenic Byway system on January 29, 1993, when the Seward Highway was named an All-American Road as part of the National Scenic Byway program by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. This is not a road you take to get to a destination as quickly as possible. There are numerous interesting places to stop and enjoy along the way. If you go, take your time and enjoy the ride. I'll be sharing more sites from the Seward Highway in the next couple posts.
For most of the drive you'll not find the typical tourist businesses along the way. There are few hotels or restaurants. Along the highway we ate at the campground restaurant in Moose Pass (population 200) and at the Exit Glacier Salmon Bake. Despite what their sign says, the Salmon Bake is a great place to stop and eat.
|Who could resist this kind of marketing?|
It's also an interesting place to take photos. They had a collection of interesting old stuff outside, including this boat and truck. I doubt the truck still runs and the bottom of the boat was rotted through, but they make interesting subjects.
The inside of the restaurant is a collection space for all kinds of interesting old stuff. No camera shots from the inside. After climbing the Harding Icefields Trail we were more interested in eating than taking pictures.
We didn't get to see sea life on the planned sea kayaking trip so we did the next best thing and visited the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward. Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center is located right on Resurrection Bay. Inside we were able to have close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sea life.
On August 30 we took a hike from Seward to Tonsina Creek, a scenic 3 mile trail that takes about 1 hour in each direction. The trail starts in a camping area about 100 feet above Resurrection Bay. The first half of the trail is wide and pretty much up hill. There were trees across the trail in several places, having been blown over by the recent high winds. Our destination was Tonsina Creek that empties into the bay so the second half was all downhill, reclaiming all that elevation we gained in the first half.
|Swimming Up Stream|
There were almost as many dead Salmon as there were live ones. The birds seemed to zero in on a section in the fish's tail, pecking a hole and eating what must be prime eats for Seagulls.
|It's A Struggle|
It was low tide when we were there and we were able to walk out on what is the bottom or the bay at high tide. At one point we are walking through a grassy area and came upon a dead Salmon on the trail, left there when the tide went out.
|Patterns In The Sand|
|Holland America Zaandam|