Monday, 13 July 2015

Seward, Alaska

After our visit to the Sea Life Centre, we checked into our hotel.    Our room had gorgeous views across Resurrection Bay, after which we took a walk around Seward.

The bay is naturally ice free and in 1895 a network of trails were created to transport, men and goods to mining camps on the Turnagain Arm and Kenai River.   Eventually the trails stretched as far as Nome. 

The actual town of Seward was founded in 1903 by the Alaska Central Railway Co, as the ocean terminus of the proposed railway to interior Alaska.   After the project went bust the unfinished rail bed became part of the network of trails.  The Alaska Road Commission improved the trails and named it the Seward to Nome Mail Trail.   After the 1909 gold stampede to Iditarod the trail became known as the Iditarod Trail.

The famous 1,094 mile Iditarod Trail Dog Sled race from Anchorage to Nome was first run in 1973 and in 1978 it was designated as a National Historic Trail. 

Just some of the beautiful murals we saw on our walk around town.

The coastal path has campsites along the way to the harbour, with fabulous views across the bay.  

If we were in our fifth wheel this would be a fabulous view to wake up to on a gorgeous sunny morning.   Not so sure we’d feel the quite same if it was snowing though!

Seward Harbour.

Seward is a lovely town and luckily for us the sun shone almost all the time we were there.
Have fun, we are!

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