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July 25 Day 24, Anchorage to Seward, AK
Today we drove 130 miles in the rain and fog to arrive at our destination, Seward. Some 34 miles are right beside Cook Inlet with spectacular views we were unable to see. Tomorrow we start our return trip to Nashville. It will take longer, 36 days, because there are no ferries to ride and we will spend some time in St Paul with the grandkids. Seward is at the northern end of a large fjord carved by glaciers. The water is 960 ft deep. It appears quite prosperous and has a city owned campground on the beach with 300 campsites. Ours is right on the beach but has no services. First time this trip.
The Oceania cruise ship, Regatta, was in port. It carries 684 passengers. They didn't overrun the town because it has many stores and it's a long walk from the dock to the historical downtown and the Alaska Sea Life Center (aquarium). We had a much shorter walk to town and enjoyed the Sea Life Center, although there were very few mammals. I had hoped to see some sea otters.
We visited the 1916 restored hotel the Van Gilder which has its original bar in the sitting room on the front. There are 26 rooms. It looks like a fun place to stay. Mavis was impressed with the flowers here which all bloom at the same time since the season is so short.