A Day in Seward AK

Dateline: June 28, 2014


First order of business today was to move the camper to the Waterfront Park in Seward. Now I don’t know what your definition of “trailer trash” is, but I imagine that we came perilously close to fitting within that definition today. The City of Seward suffered devastating destruction in the 1964 Alaska Earthquake. The development in the waterfront area was washed away by a 20’ tsunami, and the City never rebuilt. Instead, they put in an RV camping facility. Nine months of the year it is practically vacant, and the rest of the time the residents can simply drive away if there is a tsunami warning. Seems pretty efficient to me. But the result is a waterfront area perpetually occupied by hundreds of temporary residents in RV’s. It’s sort of a gypsy camp. And today we became a part of it. We got one of the coveted sites on the front row – right on the waterfront. We had a great view, and I didn’t even mind becoming temporary trailer trash.

Our View in Waterfront Park

Our View in Waterfront Park

Downtown Seward has a number of large murals painted on several of the buildings.

Mural in Seward

One of Seward’s Murals

These murals are, evidently, designed by artists, enlarged, sketched out on the buildings, and then essentially paint-by-number colored in by volunteers. Interesting idea!

One of the main things to do while in Seward is to drive to the Exit Glacier (which is a part of Kenai Fjords National Park) and hike to the edge of the glacier. We chose to take the hike with the guidance of a ranger, Mr. Tom Osborne:

Ranger at glacier   J at glacier

E at glacier

We had to listen to a lot of talk about climate change, because the glacier has been receeding for a couple of hundred years, and even more rapidly in the past few years. The park service is, I believe, pressuring the rangers to preach on climate change whenever they do a presentation of any sort now. But Mr. Osborne was moderate in his approach. He made it clear that the climate has always been changing, and he made it clear that “it appears” that human activity is having some effect on this natural process. I liked his approach.


E wanted to stop and read a memorial to Benny Benson, the artist who created the design for the Alaska State Flag. He was from Seward, and he created this design when he was 13 years old – and this took place decades before Alaska received statehood.


We spent the evening on the waterfront, in front of our camper. E found an otter in Resurrection Bay, and she was able to enjoy watching his antics through the binoculars all evening long. I people-watched.



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