We're Seward bound! Today we took Route 1 down the coastline to hit up some ICE in the Kenai Peninsula. There was a massive 8.1 earthquake here LAST NIGHT off the coastline but things seem to be back to normal after some middle-of-the-night alarms for the towns down here. The drive was mostly coastline until about an hour in when you suddenly start seeing glaciers everywhere around you. Here's a stop we made on the way- Nathan got a nice little photo op.
About an hour into the drive we took a short detour to do a trail to Byron Glacier. It was rated as "easy" and it definitely was. Portage Glacier is also nearby but that's a 4.2 mile moderate trail and we didn't want to do something moderate before tomorrow which is a HARD 8.2 mile trail. So here we are at Byron Glacier!
After Byron Glacier we got down to Seward, which is a cute little harbor town with a main street filled with restaurants, bars and nicknack stores. I'm writing this during the Olympics and a girl from Seward- Lydia Jacoby- just won a gold medal in Tokyo for swimming. This is huge for this small town so there were signs EVERYWHERE celebrating and congratulating her. Apparently the entire town erupted when she won- would have been a great sight to see.
We picked up some food for the hike tomorrow and went to our cabin (below) which is pretty cute.
Tomorrow we do the hike I've been waiting months for: the Harding Ice Field.
Food: Cheddar, Ham and Chive scones for lunch at the glacier. Alaskan Halibut for dinner.
Odds and Ends: Today at a stop along the highway, we saw a disgusting and large turkey standing on another turkey's back. Seriously it was horrifying. He kept moving his feet around as it he was massaging the other turkey who seemed to be LOVING IT. Totally bizarre. I need to know what was going on here- some mating ritual I'm unaware of?