July 17 to 21, 2006 - Seward, AK

It was difficult to leave Bill's sister Tanya and her critters, but we made it on the road before noon and drove 124 miles to the city park in Seward, right on the water and about 12 spaces from our friends Dave and Connie.  Here is our campsite:

A bit dreary and it stayed mostly dreary.  We visited Seward in May 2000 and it was sunny and clear, now we feel lucky to have seen it with such nice weather.   We were dry camped and had to run the generator a couple hours a day since we were not getting any solar panel help.  

Here is our view a couple days into our stay when the clouds were higher:

The Alaska ferry, Kennecott, backing into the dock:

We went out to dinner the first night at Apollo, 4-star Italian and Greek food.  The next day we met up with Dave and Connie and tried Chinooks for lunch, not a good choice even though it was recommended by the captain of the glacier cruise.  

Later that day we visited the Alaska Sealife Center and took the Behind the Scenes Tour as recommended by a friend.  When the friend found out the price increased to $12 from $6 from one year earlier he quit recommending the tour.  It is a good place to visit and we had a good time, but the price was $15 for admission so we were out $54 for both of us.  Here are some pictures:

The aviary was the most fun, these birds have personalities:

This fish would stick its head out of the water and looked like a turtle head:

July 19th we took a Glacier and Wildlife Cruise

Just after the cruise was the nicest weather we saw in Seward, there were "blue clouds":

On the 20th we had a full day with Dave and Connie.  First we went to the place they recommended for lunch, Ray's Waterfront, and it was quite good.  Then we all went to Exit Glacier and took a ranger walk.  Here is Exit Glacier from the road coming into it:

The display at the visitors center:

Close up to the glacier:

Our last morning, the 21st, the Holland America cruise ship, Statendam, was at dock.  In December 2000 we took a Mexican Riviera cruise on this ship with Diane's parents.

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