Tuesday, July 24, 2012: Old Seward Highway
This morning, we said goodbye to Denali and hit the road to Seward, a small town on the Kenai Peninsula. This would be the longest leg of driving we would do on our trip, 7 hours according to Google Maps. Of course, everything takes a little bit longer in a large RV, so we got an early start to our day.
We arrived in Wasilla right around lunchtime, so we stopped for food and did some re-stocking of supplies.
Old Seward Highway (Hwy 1) is one of the most scenic roads in Alaska. The road hugs the sound for a long leg of the trip, and sometimes you can see beluga whales surfacing in the bay. With snow-capped mountains looming above curving roads, it felt like we were driving into a postcard. We stopped to take pictures and gaze at the scenery.
Further down the peninsula, we got held up in traffic caused by torn-up roads and construction. It made for a bumpy ride for quite awhile, especially while passing through a blasting zone. The ride was worth it, however, once we reached our final destination, an RV park at Lowell’s Point right on the water. Our campsite was ‘ocean-view’ and they were not kidding. From our picnic table, we watched otters frolic in the water right in front of us. Eagles soared overhead.
There were plenty of fishermen staying at the campgrounds, and we watched many of them string up their catch and feed fish guts to the birds.
I think this pictures says it all–you couldn’t ask for anything more.
Wildlife sightings: moose (along road leaving Denali), eagles, otters, sea gulls, lots of caught salmon