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Friday July 19 2013- Portage Valley to Seward–Kenai Peninsula

Alaska Fact – State Gem- Jade

We were moving quickly this morning. At a little before 9 AM Bob took the motor home over to the water spigot to top off the tank. Then he continued on to dump. He had to be in line at 9 AM, as their dump is a vacuum system into a large container, run by the owner of the RV park. They do not have an underground septic system. Meanwhile I went to see Margie and Wayne and to say good-bye to Cindy. We will meet up with Margie and Wayne on Tuesday in Soldotna next Tuesday.

By 9:20, we were on our way, driving south on Hwy. 1 through the Kenai Pass and along Kenai Lake.  Below is a ghost forest. We saw a lot of these. They were caused when the tsunami occurred in 1964. The salt water from the ocean killed the trees.

Ghost forest between Portage and Seward

Note all the RV’s heading south. It was bumper to bumper RV’s in both directions. Fortunately, most turned at the road to Homer.

Between Portage and Seward AK

Between Portage and Seward AK

We arrived in Seward at 11:15, and parked the motor home. We disconnected the CRV and ran around trying to find a site on the water. We are staying in the Seward City RV Park, boon-docking, right on Resurrection Bay, $15 night, no hook ups. We eventually found a site on the upper level with a clear view of the bay. I waited in the site while Bob went back to the motor home to get two chairs. We put the chairs in our site, to hold the site, and I drove Bob back to the motor home. I drove back to the site and moved the chairs for Bob to drive the motor home in, facing the bay. What a beautiful place, and the weather is perfect, with a slight breeze and temps in the 60’s with the sun shining.

We set up camp and ate lunch. I cleaned the motor home a bit and Bob took the bikes off the back of the motor home. Oh, were they dirty! He put them out in front of the motor home and cleaned the back of the motor home. Then the two of us cleaned the bikes. We used brushes to brush off the silt/ dirt. I even used a toothbrush to get the nooks and crannies!

We laid down and took a short nap, then went to the ‘Sip and Suds’ to do laundry. It is a coffee/vegetarian deli and laundromat.  The floors were dirty and there were a lot of flies! We would not eat anything from there!

They had 6 household size washers and six dryers. It cost $3.25, each to wash and to dry, so we ended up spending $ 22.75 to just wash 5 loads and dry 2! We took the rest of the laundry back to the motor home and hung the laundry up to dry on every hanger and place that we could find. The whites came out dingy! I miss being able to use our own w/d, but we cannot use it when we are boon-docking.

After feeding the dogs, we left and went to the other side of town to dinner at Chinook, a seafood restaurant. We were not impressed. Bob had the chowder and fried clams, both appetizers, and a Single Engine Red from Denali Brewery. I had two orders of shrimp, both appetizers. We also split an order of sweet potato fries. The cost was $63, before tip!

We returned to the motor home, sitting out front, enjoying the view and reading our books. The Radiance of the Seas pulled out of the Cruise Ship dock and sailed past us.  We watched it turn around right in front of us.

Radiance of the Seas


We took the dogs and walked down the bike/walking path to the Alaska Sea Life Center and back. This walk took us past the tent area, the playground, and the Start of the Iditarod Memorial.

We returned to the motor home, ran the generator for 1/2 hour to recharge the batteries, sat outside until 9:30 PM. We went to bed around 10:45, when the park quieted down for the night. The temp was 62, with some clouds.

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