Monday, May 28, 2007

Seward, Alaska

Seward, Alaska. Today and tomorrow will likely be the only two days I have internet access. We got up this morning and headed down the Seward Highway, which has been rated one of the top 10 scenic byways in the country. Barely out of the city we encountered two female dall sheep right down near the road.

It was about a three hour drive from Anchorage to Seward, and when we got into town we checked in and then headed out to do a little mountain climbing. The trail we were on was calling the Harding Icefield trail, and its beginning was marked by Exit glacier.

The trail was very tough going once we reached the snow and ice. We were pig-headed and determined to get to the top, but we kept falling through the snow. We finally gave up at what was a very short distance from the end, but a very long hike anyway because of the deep powder. I wish we would have had snowshoes, we could have made it, but the hike turned out to be good training for my Kilimanjaro expedition later this year, with the exception of all the bear prints and constant blood spots in the snow.

Mike and I ended up sledding halfway down the mountain on the return trip, which was very fun and a whole lot easier than hiking in the snow.

I planned the excursion to Seward first to give us better odds of catching the whales, and it sounds like they are still in the bay, so we're headed out on a boat tomorrow to try and find them. It will be a nice break, as I feel like sitting in a chair doing nothing for a few hours after today's trip.

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