When we left Denali
National Park it kept on raining, so we'd decided
to take a bus to Anchorage instead of cycling to
Valdez via the Denali and Richardson highways.
From Anchorage we headed south along Turnagain
Arm to Portage. This highway was very narrow and
busy, no shoulders, very dangerous! We stopped at
the Portage Glacier visitor center, looking for a
nice place to pitch our tents. We walked up a
trail to the face of the Byron glacier. The last
part was a VERY strenuous hike; we had to carry
our bikes over the boulders. But it was worth the
effort: we'd found an unofficial but great
camping spot on top of one of the end moraine
gravel bars of the Byron Glacier!
Little creatures in the dark...
In Seward we'd found a perfect camp spot
behind the graveyard. Very quiet compared to the
busy official campsite in town and free....We'd
already camped out in the woods many times on
that trip and nothing bad has happened before, so
we were getting a bit lazy with hanging all the
food in trees. But that night we woke up by some
loud noise of something sniffing and strolling
around our tents. What the */?@ was that noise??
An angry zombie because we disturbed the peace of
the cemetery?? Realizing we were still in bear
country, just imagine how bloody scared we were.
It was definitely larger than a squirrel and
smaller than a moose. Now the creature got very
hungry but after a while we could hear it gnawing
at a bark or something. Assuming it couldn't be a
grizzly, I mustered up all my courage and got out
of my tent. With my flashlight I inspected the
bushes behind my tent. It was sitting high in a
tree close to the tent. That little monster
turned out to be....a porcupine! Harmless to
cycle tourists and according to locals easy to
catch and very tasty...
Whale Watching cruise
Thu, 22 Aug 1996 19:23:53 -0800
Minko & Ashley
Re: Greetings from Seward
returned from a wildlife cruise! It seemed to be
a sunny day this morning, so we decided to book a
boat tour to Kenai Fjords National Park. Not very
cheap ($110....) but it was worth the money
though. We saw spectacular coasts (like the
Norwegian fjords) and the North Western tidewater
glacier, forming little icebergs. Because of all
the ice the boat couldn't get close to the face
of the glacier. We also visited Chiswell Islands,
famous for its wildlife. We saw whales, sea lions,
puffins and lots of other seabirds. Very
spectacular was a meeting with curious hump back
whale, who was circling under and around our boat!
I hope the pictures turn out OK....Around six we
returned to Seward, just in time to send this E-mail
from the local library.