Monday, July 24, 2017

Scenes From Seward

Our eleven days in Seward went by fast but there were days when time seemed to drag by.  Most of our days there were dreary with low clouds and fog or it was a steady rain most of the day.  When the sun did make it's appearance, we took advantage of the clear weather, getting out to see the surrounding majestic mountains.

Here's the Seward Public Library and Museum.

The Museum was interesting with lots of antiques from times past, info on the town's development as well as the effects of the Alaska 1964 earthquake.  Seward was hard hit and I was told they played a "must see" video about the earthquake.  When I inquired about that video, the Museum's desk attendant said they no longer played it but there were many photos in albums on display as well as the exhibits on the earthquake.

Seward had several beautiful and colorful murals but I seemed to only capture these few..

A small section of Seward's downtown business district.

This is the monument dedicating Seward's discovery.

Ronnie and I did take a quick hike up to Exit Glacier.  We did not walk up to the ice field or to the higher viewpoints for the glacier.  These photos are with my telephoto camera lens.

There were about 2 or 3 really sunny warm days and we got out to enjoy the scenery.  We were also able to move to one of the town's waterfront campsites.  There's no hook ups for campers but the view makes doing without electricity and water for a few days worth it!

There were these abandoned pier pilings right in front of our campsite.  It was interesting to watch the extreme tides effect on them.

We also drove to the other side of Resurrection Bay.  We found lots of fishing, more amazing scenery and tundra swans.  That's the town of Seward you see at the base of the mountain.

The view of the cruise ship from the opposite side of Resurrection Bay.
View of the same cruise ship, but from our campsite.  That's an unused coal tipple for the coal that used to be mined and shipped out from Seward.
This beautiful marsh reveled this family of tundra swans out enjoying the sunny day too.

Finally, a day trip to the town of Whitter since the sun was shining and we could possibly enjoy more mountain scenery.

To get to the town of Whitter, you have to drive through the longest tunnel in North America.  The The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, built in 1941-43, was a direct link for war supplies to Alaska.  To learn more about this tunnel's amazing history, click here. The tunnel has tracks that you must drive on and since it's only wide enough for one lane of traffic, there is a schedule for all vehicles passing through the tunnel.

Emerging on the other side we find the small boating community of Whitter..and with it's docked cruise ship of the day.

An unusual gift shop..

Bayside views from Whitter.

And finally a campfire to end our time in Seward.

More Later.
Well..a lot more actually.  We took a tour to see the Northwestern Glacier and I visited the Alaska SeaLife Center. 


  1. We really enjoyed Seward ... went on a mural quest using a map I downloaded from the internet before we went ... lots of fun. Had the best fish and chips (using halibut) at the Marina Restaurant ... not fancy, but the food was great.

  2. Loved your tour of the glacier, and all the wildlife, wow. We are having rain everyday now, gushing and lots of thunder and lightning. Peanut hides behind the couch. We got the new blind for outside and boy does it keep the sun off the house, one week after installation the side track fell off, I guess they didn't tighten it the right way. Anyhoo, they said they will put me on the schedule to fix it, meanwhile I can still lower and raise the blind but I can't lock it in. Poor customer service as far as I am concerned. We paid over a thousand dollars for it. Oh well. So happy you are having a great time and I am enjoying seeing it with you. When you come to florida for the winter we can talk more about your great trip. Regards to ron, esta