July 4, 2010

 

South Through Anchorage

Cover Shot

The View As We Descend Into Tahneta Pass

 

Eagle River Raft

Young Rafters Pass The Eagle River Campground

 

Potter Flats

Birding Potter Flats

 

Potter Swallow

Potter Flats Tree Swallow

 

Urban Eagle

Urban Eagle

 

Green-wing Teal

Green-wing Teal

 

Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern

Hope

With the Fourth of July weekend approaching we headed south for Seward. We decided to spend a quiet night in Hope en route.

First Fireweed

First Fireweed

We always look forward to the first blooming fireweed of the season. To us that marks the real beginning of summer.

 

Seaview Campground

Hope's Seaview Cafe, Bar, and Campground

 

Hope View

The View Up Turnagain Arm From Above Hope

 

Hope Buildings

Some of Hope's Historic Buildings

 

Hope Camping

Camping in Hope

 

High Valley Above 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 Harbor

Seward Small Boat Harbor

With a big boat, a cruise ship, just beyond.

 

Small Halibut

Halibut and Rockfish

Not the biggest halibut that will hang here this year.

 

Sea Otter

Sea Otter

 

Seward Fireworks

Fourth of July Fireworks in Seward

 

Midnight Boats

Boats Watching The Fireworks - At 1 AM

 

Flyby

Coast Guard Flyby To Start Things Off

 

Parade

And Here Comes The Parade

 

Mt Marathon

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

Determined Runners, only 2,700 Ft. to go!

 

Seward

Seward From Half Way Up

 

Men's Leaders Reach Half Way Up Checkpoint

Men's Leaders Reach Half Way Up Checkpoint

 

Coming Down

And Here's How They Come Down

 

Downhill Runner

A Downhill Runner Scoots Through The Checkpoint

 

Slower Sopt

It Pays To Go A Little Slower in Spots

 

Even Slower

Even Slower in Others

 

Final Sprint

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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