Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller Expedition Date: July 1, 2018
After hiking Kenai Fjords National Park, we drove on toward Seward, Alaska. A fatal car accident stopped all traffic for one hour. Being the only road to Seward we were stuck. We took a walk and at one isolated house we saw some unique yard art including a stuffed man. Once traffic began we drove to Portage Glacier. Rosie along with Marsha from Switzerland took a ride on the Portage Glacier Cruise around the large lake. The remainder of the group and I hiked the Trail of Blue Ice in the Chugach National Forest, a two mile trail trail where, at the end, you could see the glacier in the distance. The trail (Photo#5-#8) gave us scenic opportunities to take photos of snowy mountains reflecting off the water and small artistic shaped icebergs floating in the lake.
By 7pm we finally arrived at the coastal city of Seward. Pioneers settled here in the 1890’s and the town was incorporated in 1912. Work began around this time to build the Alaskan Railroad. Seward is nicknamed the “Mural Capital of Alaska” which were seen on many buildings (Photo#9). We spent the night at Murphy’s Alaskan Motel, two blocks from the wharf. Dinner was salmon and hot soup at a restaurant while watching sea lions (Photo#10) float in the harbor.