Our goal is to see and do as many things as we can while we are here in Alaska, because we most likely will never come back. So this summer one of our trips was to Seward, Alaska. This is about 500 miles south of Fairbanks (around 9 hours of driving time with stops). On July 5th we woke up early and made our way to the Seward Military Resort which is where we stayed until the 9th.
On the 8th, we decided to hike Exit Glacier which is about 10 minutes from Seward and located in the Kenai Fjords National Park. We spent around 3 hours there and as you can see by our clothing, we didn't realize it was actually a hike, not just a trail. We also were blessed with a nice cool summer day so we weren't too hot.
On the way back from our hike, we saw these 2 baby moose and their mommy! Living in Alaska, you see a lot of moose, but everytime we do we are just amazed at how big they are!
The next day, we went on the Surprise Glacier Cruise that left out of Whittier! It was abot an hour and a half drive north and as you can see it was pretty foggy. The cruise itself was 5 1/2 hours long and made a loop in the Prince William Sound.
While on the cruise we saw quite a bit of wildlife includding sea otters, harbor seals, a few eagles and lastly a humpback whale! We wanted to see a whale so bad and we were so excited when it actually happened! This is probably something we will never experience again and we are so blessed to have had the oppurtunity!
In the middle of the cruise you stop at Surprise Glacier and the boat stops for a little while so that everyone can get photos. The glacier itself was really cool to see and they even got some ice from the water and served drinks with it because it is so fresh! On the last part of the cruise we stopped at a working salmon hatchery and saw hundreds of thousands of Salmon. That's a lot of fish!
On our way home, we stopped at a pull off on the side of the road and walked through the woods and came to this! I could not beleive the color of the water and the fact that there was a glacier right there! Again, God's creation is just beautiful!
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