Saturday, May 31, 2008

Holy Cow!

Today we made our way from Juneau to Seward via Anchorage. I'm sure y'all have heard of both Juneau and Anchorage, but you probably have not heard of Seward. And although you have heard of Juneau and Anchorage, you probably have no idea where they are. To make it a bit easier on everyone, I have included a couple of maps. The first one is a bigger map of Alaska showing the places we've been so far. The second is a close up of south central Alaska.

To give you an idea of scale, it takes almost as long to fly from Juneau to Anchorage as it does to fly from Baltimore to Orlando, Florida. Once we arrived in Anchorage, we rented a car and drove south to Seward, which is located on the Kenai Peninsula (pronounced "keen-eye"). Looking at the map below, the body of land below and to the left of Anchorage is the Kenai Peninsula. Seward, indicated by the green arrow, is a town on the Kenai Peninsula. Just below and to the left of Seward is Kenai Fjords National Park, the real reason we came here in the first place.

One more map reference for you before I describe our day... the body of water directly below Anchorage that separates the city from the Kenai Peninsula is Turnagain Arm.

Now that my geography lesson is complete, I can continue...

We flew into Anchorage, rented a car, and headed south to Seward on the Seward Highway, which follows the shoreline of Turnagain Arm for quite a few miles. There are mountains all over the place. On a cliff beside the road we saw our first Dall sheep.

On the way to Seward, we stopped at Exit Glacier. There you can actually walk to the face of a glacier. The guidebooks forgot to mention that the half-mile trail would likely still be covered by snow.

Last but not least I have to mention the highlight of the day ... we saw a Mama moose (cow) and two babies (twins!). Mike and I estimate they were about a week old.

NOTE: I am a day behind in my posts because our connection is really slow. Hopefully I'll get today's (Saturday) highlights posted, too.


  1. Babies! I LOVE them and want to scoop em up and eat em! How cool that you got to see them and get those shots.

  2. You can't eat them!!!!! They're too cute!!! These are so much better than the moose shots we got in Wyoming. So cool!


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