|The Denali National Park Visitor Center, one of two (?) It was beautiful!|
Before we left Denali, we had to dump. This is where we found out that the Coachman Freelander has TWO dump valves. We didn't realize that until we went to dump, and nothing happened. The gauge said we were full. What the heck?! Nothing was coming out. Eldy looked around the coach and underneath and lo, and behold, the second valve was on the opposite side of where you pull the valve. We opened the second valve, and whew! We successfully dumped our black and grey tanks. We did not know there were TWO valves to open the tanks on the Coachman. NOW we were ready to head out. We drove from Denali to Seward, a distance of about 375 miles. It was a fabulous drive, and the roads were great. At about mile marker 221 on the Seward Highway, there was an awesome pullout that was by the mountains, and secluded from the highway by trees. If we ever came back this way, that was one pullout that we would have boondocked at. We'd stop now and then for Sparky to take in the scenery, and we'd see fresh moose tracks!
The scenery was breathtaking....
And if you time it right, you might see a Bore Tide...A bore tide is one of nature's most unique and unusual tides. It frequency of occurrence depends on a full or new moon and a big differential of about 27 feet between high and low tides. It's a tide from 6-10 feet high of succeeding waves that washes down the Turnagain Arm. It's so high because the water rushes into the narrow inlet there at the Arm. It's one of the biggest tides in the world! It moves quickly, 10-15 miles an hour, and because the inlet is so filled with silt and muck from the glacier river flow, the area becomes very dangerous for anyone who happens to be out on the gravel bars in the arm during low tide. Harbor seals often ride the tide into the arm, and beluga whales come a little later after the water gets deeper.
|A serious rainfly is needed when tent camping in Alaska!|
You can walk to town easily in about 10 minutes. There is a boardwalk that runs all along the bay in front of the RV sites leading to the waterfront and marina of Seward. There are several groupings of campsites along Resurrection Bay. In our particular section that we stayed, some sites are in the back of the parking lot towards the street, there is a middle row section and a front row section at the front of the bay. Our campground was called Resurrection North. For you crafty ladies, there's a great fabric store in town, AND a great knit shop! (Yes, Sparky supported the local economy while she was here, laughs E.)
While we were there, there was a big halibut fishing tournament going on for the weekend...Lots of tourists hired ship captains to take them out and go fishing and some really BIG halibut were caught!
Sparky loved going down to the docks and watching the day's catch put up for weighing and display..."It's all in the details," said one captain. He's got the black rockfish interspersed with the halibut. Very neatly arranged.
She learned that the orange ones are called yellow eye rockfish. This one was pregnant!