Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Moose Pass and Sightseeing North of Seward

The weather was fair today so we decided to do some sightseeing north of town toward Moose Pass and back.  Our first stop was a viewpoint a little over 12 miles north of town where there were interpretive signs about the Chugach culture and Native Claims Settlement Act.  It was very scenic with the mountains and river in the background and a field of lupine up close.Lupine

We continued on north to the Trail Lake Fish Hatchery which is about 32 miles north of Seward.  Unfortunately we got there at a point where there was only a small fish tank in the visitor area and some interpretive displays on the wall about the process they go through.





From the hatchery, we drove south again and stopped in Moose Pass, a town that started as a construction camp for the Alaska Railroad in 1912.  We stopped at the Estes Brothers Grocery & Waterwheel.  They have a sign that proclaims “Moose Pass is a peaceful town.  If you have an ax to grind, do it here.”  We didn’t have an ax, but Ken tried sharpening his knife at the waterwheel.



We took a couple of side roads to check out two USFS campgrounds.  One was located on the south end of Kenai Lake and we took this photo on our way back to the Seward Highway.


As we got closer to Seward we took the side road to Exit Glacier to check out the Ididaride tour at the home of Mitch Seavey.  We probably won’t take that tour as it is $69 a person for 1-1/2 hours.  If there was a toursaver coupon to give us a 2 for 1 deal, it would have been more worth our time.  And finally here is a photo of Exit Glacier.


1 comment:

Bob said...

We've been following your blog ever since we saw the link on Dennis Hill's blog. Your pictures of Moose Pass brought back lots of memories. We spent May to September of 2009 in Moose Pass and have been to the Trail Lake Fish Hatchery many time to get spring water for our fresh water tanks at Spruce Moose Chalets on Seward Hywy between the town and the hatchery where we workamped. Hope to go back some day. Keep the great memories coming.