Dateline: June 26, 2014
Today was another mostly driving day. The plan was to take our time and really see the countryside as we made this drive. The portion from Anchorage to Seward is billed as a highly-scenic drive with lots of things to stop and look at along the way. Although the weather was, once again, cold and rainy, the scenery did not disappoint. We were able to see moose again (a mom and her two young ones), a bald eagle soaring, and sockeye salmon swimming upstream and jumping up a weir.
At the weir I spoke with one of the people working there –Kirsten – and she told me about how they count the number of salmon making it past their weir in order to monitor and somewhat control the number of fish spawning. They do this in order to ensure that the population of salmon remains at a sustainable level. They also monitor the number of one-and two-year old smolts returning downstream.
It struck me today that the essence of Alaska is its wildness. It may be one of the 50 states of the good ol’ USA, but it is mostly untamed.