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Seward

Seward is yet another town surrounded by beautiful scenery of Kenai Peninsula. We did not see much of it though - our stay was marked by bad weather, rain, then drizzle, then fog, and then back to more rain. But we made the best of it. Alaska Sealife Center must have been built just for those bad weather occasions. Otherwise, disgruntled tourists would leave the town never to return again. Alaska Sealife Canter is a non-profit research, rehabilitation and education center dedicated to Alaska marine wildlife. Among the mammals that it houses, harbor seals, sea lions and puffins come to mind first. And where else do you get to hold a starfish?

Seward is a stop on the Alaska Marine Highway which connects much of the Alaska southeast. There are numerous obligatory tourist stores. You can also admire sleek lines of cruise ships in the harbor, and wish you never grow old enough to consider cruise a fun way to travel.

Just outside of town, Exit Glacier Road takes you to Kenai Fjords national park. You will not see any fjords from the road, only the Exit Glacier. It is a convenient way to access the Harding Icefield, more than 600 square miles of ice from which many glaciers descend, some all the way into the sea. A 3.5 mile trail along the Exit Glacier takes you to a lookout at the icefield. Of course, if you are like us, you will not be able to tell the fog from the snow and the ice when you get there.

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Harbor fog Rhapsody of the Seas Rhapsody of the Seas Alone in the crowd Alone in the crowd Balanced
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Fishing victim Fishing victim Hydroplane Harbor fog Tufted Puffin Red Legged Kittiwake
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I have got wings... Tufted Puffin Tufted Puffin Interaction Who is having more fun? Ball chase
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Resting Fight for a straw Exit Glacier terminus Exit Glacier Exit Glacier
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Ridges Crevassss Chinese script Wow, mountains! Shelter at the Harding ice field Mouse


Last updated: November 10, 2002
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