Day 347: Seward and the Exit Glacier

We started the day by practicing for M’s bar mitzvah Torah reading portion.  We use Kol Koren software to practice:

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We headed East today, seeing great views along the road:

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When new reached the junction of the Sterling Highway and the Seward Highway, we followed the Seward Highway south to the end of the road, at Seward, Alaska.  Seward is the access point for Kenai Fjords National Park, which is mostly reached by water, so the town has an extensive marina:

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Not a bad view from our parking spot while in Seward:

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We stopped in at the Kenai Fjords visitor center in Seward, then headed back up the Seward Highway to the Exit Glacier Visitor Center.  Here, visitors can hike up to the Exit Glacier.  We received our Junior Ranger workbooks and headed up the trail.  We had also checked out a green “discovery backpack”, which had as one of its activities to measure the water temperature of the creek flowing from the toe of the glacier.  We measured the temperature at 35 degrees, which makes sense:

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The kids pulled this chunk of ice out of the water as it floated by:

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We continued up the trail:

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Eventually, we reached the toe of Exit Glacier.  The glacier is four miles long, and is hundreds of feet thick along its center line.  It’s amazing to think that this massive flow of ice is made up of snow that fell on the Harding Icefield long, long ago.  This viewpoint was adjacent to the glacier a few years ago, but the glacier recedes hundreds of feet a year, so the glacier is no longer accessible from this point:

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The hike down was beautiful as well:

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Back at the visitor center, the kids completed their Junior Ranger workbooks:

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They also did additional activities from the discovery backpack:

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The ranger insisted on swearing the kids in outside next to the flagpole, much to M’s chagrin:

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The kids received their badge, as well as a “Junior Glacier Ranger” patch for their discovery backpack work:

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It was getting late, so we decided to overnight at a pullout on the access road to Exit Glacier.  Not a bad view!

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More views from the pullout:

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M and I did some math on his wall, which is floor to ceiling whiteboard:

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I finally finished the wall by diving the bookcase in the rear of the bunkhouse:

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See the trip map for driving details.

Day 346: So Long, Homer
Day 348: Hand Tram at Alyeska Resort

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