Thursday, October 27, 2011

A weekend in Seward

Heather and I spent last weekend in Seward. We left Anchorage around noon on Friday. The weather wasn't great, but we didn't care. We just wanted a relaxing weekend and a place to explore.

After getting into Seward, we walked around town and stopped in a coffee shop. We stayed in a cool little hotel/cabin/apartment style building on Lowell Point, a couple miles past Seward. Our room was well equipped with a little kitchenette area and plenty of information on hikes.

Saturday morning was rainy, but it cleared up in the afternoon. We went to the Seward Sealife Center for a couple of hours and then walked out to Tonsina Creek, about a two mile walk from where we were staying. The mountains looked awesome as the clouds were clearing up around sunset.

Sunday was blue skies and sunny. I brought Heather up to about the half way point on Mount Marathon. We took the Jeep Trail up to avoid the rock face at the bottom. I had never been up the Jeep Trail. Once we got onto the race trail, it was steep and slick from all the rain. Climbing down the waterfall chute was pretty hard in spots. I don't know if I don't care/notice in the race or if it's just a lot less wet and slippery in the summer.

We grabbed lunch in a cool little restaurant that was built into an old train car. We wanted to hike out to Exit Glacier after lunch, but the road was closed for the season. That will have to be saved for next summer.

We saw several eagles, a couple of seals, and a couple of sea otters. Heather was pumped. We had a great weekend.

We had a pretty solid weekend.

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