on the road again to Seward

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Fireweed

                Back on the road again today.  I am with a family of early rises, and it works great for traveling.  We leave our cabins around 6:00am.  Bob drove today so I could take a break and enjoy the scenery a little more.  Again, most of the drive we were surrounded by the green of the forests and the purple of the fireweed.  We stopped in Talkeetna after 3 hours of driving.  It’s about 15 miles off the main highway but is a very nice little town.  The launching point for plane trips over McKinley, climbing expeditions and fishing charters.  Also filled with a lot of little shops that open at 10:00.

Unsafe bridge
  However it was only 9:00.  But the ladies in our group still liked the stop and it was Ruth’s birthday so we were able to find a great breakfast shop with a huge cinnamon roll. Big enough for two people. 

                We arrived at Janet’s around 11:30 for lunch and laundry before continuing south to Seward.  This time Janet will join us and there is nothing like having a local show you around.  Especially when they use to work for the Department of Transportation and they have all the geographic knowledge of the area and how Anchorage has grown in the past 20 years.  For instance, giving us information about the three bridges we would cross that are deemed “unsafed” by the Department of Transportation and have specific rules like, only driving in the center, one lane at a time with lower speed limits.

Salmon Creek cabins
  Just so it does not collapse on you. 

                Our arrival in Seward was greeted with wet weather.  We will later find out it will become the 4th heaviest rainfall in Seward’s recorded history.  We spent the evening exploring, met some of Janet’s friends who own a nice stitching on clothing store and a stop at “Thorns.”  A local bar where we could get a “bowl of but” (fried halibut).  And it was delicious!  And could you imagine with the exception of a few locals the only other people in the bar were all from Wisconsin.  4 other groups, we were proud.  We also found out while exploring we would save $300 on our upcoming glacier cruise because Bob and Judy were celebrating their 50th birthday this year along with Alaska.

Hanging at the bar with a bucket of but!
  Excellent! 

                We returned to Salmon Creek cabins which looked a bit sketchy as we were driving to the area but turned out to be very nice, secluded and a great spot to stay for a few days.  It was very cheap in comparison to other options with two bedrooms a loft and bed in the living room.  The only drawback was there was no good place to sit and visit without sitting on someone’s bed.  Oh yeah, and after many days of rainfall we found out it is also on a flood plane and the sewage gets backed up.  But that didn’t happen until we were leaving so no worries for us. 

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Fireweed
Fireweed
Unsafe bridge
Unsafe bridge
Salmon Creek cabins
Salmon Creek cabins
Hanging at the bar with a bucket o…
Hanging at the bar with a bucket …
unsafe bridge
unsafe bridge
personal touch in the cabins
personal touch in the cabins
The social room
The social room
Fireweed on the hills to Seward
Fireweed on the hills to Seward
Seward
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