Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller Expedition Date: July 1, 2018
We left Anchorage and headed south toward Seward. G Adventures provided a guide, van & trailer for our 8-day, 850-mile trek. Our group of 13 people (4 from USA, 3 from Switzerland, 4 from Great Britain, 2 from Russia) drove south on Alaska Highway 1. The road traveled next to Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arms. This area has one of North America’s fiercest tide swings, some reaching 40 feet at times. We entered Chugach National Forest, 6 million acres and the second largest forest in the USA. Our first stop was at Beluga Point on the Cook Inlet where we looked for whales (Photo#1 & #2). The Alaskan Railroad tracks ran parallel to the inlet and to Alaska Highway 1 for many miles. Our group headed to Kenai Fjords National Park (Photo#4-#7). We hiked 2.5 miles on a forest trail which opened onto a rocky granite path to a glacier called Exit Glacier. Signs going back over 100 years showed where the glacier once was before it began melting & receding back up the mountain. Forty glaciers flow from this NP ice field, with glowing blue ice. We saw eagles and sea lions.