July 4, 2010
South Through Anchorage
The View As We Descend Into Tahneta Pass
Young Rafters Pass The Eagle River Campground
Birding Potter Flats
Potter Flats Tree Swallow
With the Fourth of July weekend approaching we headed south for Seward. We decided to spend a quiet night in Hope en route.
We always look forward to the first blooming fireweed of the season. To us that marks the real beginning of summer.
Hope's Seaview Cafe, Bar, and Campground
The View Up Turnagain Arm From Above Hope
Some of Hope's Historic Buildings
Camping in Hope
High Valley Along Palmer Creek Road
Fourth of July in Seward
Seward puts on one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in Alaska. There's a fireworks desplay in the very early hours of the Fourth, a parade, and then the main event - the Mount Marathon Race.
All of this is even better because Seward loves RVers. The city has hundreds of RV and tent camping sites along the waterfront, and there are lots of other campgrounds around too.
Seward Small Boat Harbor
With a big boat, a cruise ship, just beyond.
Halibut and Rockfish
Not the biggest halibut that will hang here this year.
Fourth of July Fireworks in Seward
Boats Watching The Fireworks - At 1 AM
Coast Guard Flyby To Start Things Off
And Here Comes The Parade
Mt Marathon From Downtown Seward
With a long telephoto. Top of the mountain is at 3,022 Ft. The start/finish is near sea level.
Determined Runners, only 2,700 Ft. to go!
Seward From Half Way Up
Men's Leaders Reach Half Way Up Checkpoint
And Here's How They Come Down
A Downhill Runner Scoots Through The Checkpoint
It Pays To Go A Little Slower in Spots
Even Slower in Others
Saving Something For the Final Sprint
Big Game Sightings For The Week
None this week although we did see Sea Otters and Harbor Seals in Seward. Also lots of Bald Eagles.
More photos have been added to our Wildlife Sightings pages.