Seward to Little Nelchina
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8.12.08 Seward to Little Nelchina
A full day of fun and driving today! We pulled out of our delightful dispersed camping site on
We hiked 1.6 miles round-trip to the Bryce Glacier on a nice gravel trail- no one was there at the glacier base and we had got to feel glacier ice as we carefully picked our way over the glacier moraine (rocks left by the receding glacier). You never want to walk on the glacier itself, as it is riddled with hidden crevasses, and falling into one is a bummer of a way to go.
The NF Visitor’s Center was a veritable museum with excellent exhibits and a movie ($1 adults or free with NPS pass). At the movie’s end, the curtains opened to windows showcasing the huge mountains and glaciers- a breathtaking view!
Up the road at the Girdwell gas station, we were delighted to meet Luke and Linda from our Lazy Daze yahoo group! They live in both
Using the all-knowing Sallie (our GPS), we ordered ahead for our Moose Tooth Pizza. We were able to stop to view wild sheep on Turnagain Point cliffs and still pick up the pizza while it was hot. Charles has declared it the current winner in the “Best Pizza in the World” contest, but I’m still voting for Angela’s Heaven in Trapper’s Creek.
Sallie also helped us find the Anchorage Wild Berry Store (which is really a touristy park) because we just HAD to see the 2-story chocolate waterfall! And yes, it was impressive and yes, we bought more chocolate. In fact, everyone could pick their own little candy bag and negotiate trades from there.
Jazy and Lia insisted on spending their own money ($1) to go pet the reindeer (??) at
Now, while I’ll spend $15 on chocolate, I just love camping for free! Using the Alaska State Lands Campground Map ($.50 from the
This campground is a little slice of Heaven - only one other camper and 8 beautiful sites. It’s off the road a bit and we have a gorgeous site alongside a glacial river, which is bright turquoise blue and tumbling over rocks. I can hear the river now as I type. An entrance sign states this Dept. of Parks and Recreation campground is a no-fee place and to please clean up after yourself. How cool is that?
Experienced RV’ers say the more you camp, the better you become at finding attractive and economical sites. I can see where that is true- we just have to learn the tricks of the trade. We saw many RV’s on the
I like some benefit in paying for a campsite: security, beauty, convenience, or amenities (like laundry or electricity for charging everything at once). Otherwise, paying money for essentially parking seems wasteful. I’d rather spend it on chocolate!
We have noticed that opportunities like this campground require RV’s shorter than 30 feet- longer rigs would have trouble getting into and around this little campground. Size of rig definitely matters when you’re adventuring.