Picking up our home away from home for the next 8 nights.
We picked up our 22’ RV camper at Great Alaska Holidays in Anchorage. You have to check in and then watch a 15-20 minute video on safety and how to drive and take care of the RV, then you check it out to make sure it has everything you ordered (coffee maker! BBQ, lawn chairs, etc.), then you are off and running. (SIDE NOTE: we both said we wish we would have had that video for our own camper!! We learned a lot). We first headed to the grocery store (Safeway) and then we were heading down the highway on our next big adventure. The drive to Seward was just beautiful through the Turnagain Arm, as the highway runs along side the fjords. It was nice to be able to pull off the side of the road near a pretty lake when we were hungry, make a sandwich and eat at the table in the RV.
We stopped at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, parked the car and did the 2 mile hike around to see all the critters. It was a very nice park and had a good variety of animals including moose, porcupine, eagle (one winged), black bear, brown bear, muskox (which Stacey decided were gross), deer, fox, and a couple of beautiful lynx.
Next we headed to our campground for the night at Williwa –(“willy-wha”). It was a nice setting back in the trees and a really cool hanging glacier. Even though it was pretty – it was late – and the mosquitoes were hovering just waiting for us to step out so they could swarm us, so we went to bed and got some rest.
Beautiful view to wake up to this morning while drinking our coffee. We woke up early because it is chilly – forgot to turn on the heater – but we are toasty warm now.
After breakfast, we went for a hike along the blue ice trail that started at the campground. It was very peaceful and relaxing. It took us about 2 miles to the visitor at the base of the Byron glacier trail.
Our next hike was up to the Byron glacier. This was a short hike but one of Stacey’s very favorites. This short hike had lots of wildflowers, the trail was along side the river and was well traveled so no big concern of bears. Once at the glacier we were able to climb right up on it. We met a few very nice people along the hike and up on the glacier and a few people mentioned nice places to eat and offered to take picture for us.
After the hike we hopped in the camper to head to Seward. JUST loving the camper!!!!