This is a simple story. Is the story about a travelers dream visiting for the first time Seward, Alaska. If you haven’t been in Seward, or any place in Alaska you might want to tag alone with me here. I don’t mind see places through other people’s eyes, if I haven’t had the chance to visit the place yet. I invite you to see Alaska through my eyes, my emotions and memories. There is one thing I want to tell you before we start our walk through Alaska, one of the reasons for us ( my husband and I) to do our vacation here is because of the wild life. I love the outdoors and enjoy very much watching all kind of wildlife but to be more specific I came on a quest to see whales… Humpback whales. Since I was in my early twenties, when I was doing my bachelor degree in biology I wanted to continue my studies in marine biology to specify on whales. But life took another turn on me and my marine mammals biology degree didn’t happened (just plain biology). Instead I become a mom and things went to a different direction for me. Since then is been in my bucket list to at least go whale watching and finally I thought this was my chance to do it, in Alaska.
The hotel was simple, there was nothing luxurious about it. Our room was clean and cozy with no AC. Everybody was telling us that the weather was a little more warmer on those days, we could tell from the warm on the room. But who cares with the views you can see just by stepping out of the door, the beauty and the luxuries were outside. I live in Florida and everything is flat, swampy, humid and hot, not so attractive to me, so I was in heaven.
Down the street there is an RV camp area. Oh the simple life! Seen all the campers reminded me that I want this kind of life too. Having the encounter with the RV campers helped me on my process of convicting my husband that we should try RV on our future.
Walking down the street to the right is the RV camp, to the front of us is the bay and mountains and to the left is the marine town of Seward. We didn’t go to downtown Seward, it was like 6 miles away. For what we heard there is another RV camp over there too.
Continuing our walk and with a little bit of hunger we went to explore the restaurants and business they had. After studying the menus of some of their restaurants we decide to eat at Ray’s Waterfront Restaurant. They had a great selection of items to eat and offered us a magnificent view of the bay. Our server, Arturo (Art) told us quite few interesting things about Seward. He told us that during the summer in Seward is very busy, lots of RVs, fishing aficionados, wildlife and outdoors lover go there to enjoy all that Alaska have to offer. Because is so busy most of jobs are seasonal, once the summer is over, so do the jobs. We were there during the last two days of August, and the summer was basically over. We were one of the few tourist around that week. Even our server was working there seasonal, he have few more weeks to work and then he will return to his home. He works in two restaurants, one in the mornings and at Ray’s in the afternoon, he told us the money is good and that will help him to save some money.
After we left Ray’s Waterfront Restaurant we walked back the way we came and looked with more details the main street and the surroundings. Check the video below and you will see Ray’s restaurant.
We stopped at the Harbors Creamery, even the afternoon was getting a little chilly we ate a yummy ice cream. Like us some people from the town make the same decision and came for ice cream too. It was nice feeling like one of the town people. I couldn’t believe the feeling of not been in a hurry for something. I felt so careless about the time, I didn’t care how long we were there sitting observing people and the only street that we had to walk to get back to our hotel. And definitely I didn’t mind looking to the mountains over and over again wondering when was going to be my first wildlife encounter.
Then we walked down the street to the Seward Mariners Memorial where one of the locals told us that we can see sea otters form the shore. She told us that there is a family of about seven of them been cute over there, so we went. Like I mention before the ambience is so relax and peacefull that we could stay there just admiring the view.
So I was there, trying to capture all that beauty with my camera. Looking to see if I could find the sea otters, looking through my lens the details of the mountains. Admiring the frozen snow sitting on on top of the mountains and slinging down trying to touch the ocean. While I was there all romantic with nature, Jorge took a seat on a rock and played with his cellphone (Facebook…)
My first encounter with wild-life! I found one of the otters, actually I think there were two of them around but I couldn’t tell for sure.
Come and see few more details of our walked in Seward…
It was like 9:00 pm and the colors of the day were vanishing little by little bit. We were exhausted! We walked to our hotel that was like five minutes away. Even though was a little chilly outside, our room was mild, perfect for me but not so perfect for Jorge that likes a room like a freezer to be able to sleep. The fatigue was stronger than the temperature issues, soon we fell sleep. Next day we woke up at 5 am ready for our first Alaska water adventure, but that’s another story.
Until then, stay tune for Kenai Fjord Experience!