Camping | Seward Waterfront Park

Last weekend we went on our first camping trip of the season. We’ve been eager to get out after a long 9 month hiatus. This trip was worth the wait.

We’ve never camped in Seward before because 1) we normally prefer more secluded/rustic camping and 2) Waterfront Park is first come first serve and always fills up fast. We hoped that if we headed to Seward before tourist season we could get a waterfront site offering views of Resurrection Bay that would trump almost all the rustic/secluded camping we’ve ever done. Our plan worked. We pulled into the park late Friday afternoon and had our choice of waterfront sites. Although, it did fill up hours after we arrived. Pretty sure everyone had the same idea we did.

We spent the rest of the day and night setting up, eating, throwing rocks, picking dandelions, and relaxing around the campfire. All the flowers in the pictures are dandelions. Lillian kept saying, “Mom, look at these beautiful daffodils I picked for you. Wanna smell them?!” and Hazel’s nose and mouth were yellow the entire trip from huffing them. Kids are the best.

Bedtime was a little shaky. It usually takes a couple of weeks to figure out what sleep arrangements work best in the camper. Also, IT’S SO LIGHT OUT!! But we all slept in until 9 the next morning, so it wasn’t that bad.

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IMG_6770On Saturday morning we woke up to gorgeous weather. We had breakfast outside and then went for a walk. Just a short walk down the bike path from our campsite was a great playground. It was nice to sit in the sun with Blake, enjoy a cup of coffee, and watch the girls run around the playground. They had so much fun.

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In the afternoon we went for a drive out to Exit Glacier located in Kenai Fjords National Park. We didn’t do any hiking or glacier exploring. The main reason for the drive was so Hazel could nap in the truck as we wanted her to take a good nap after the night before. When she woke up we headed back to town to get gelato at Sweet Darlings. Lillian was so excited to pick out her own flavor. She went with strawberry and it’s all she could talk about for at least an hour. Hazie Girl and I shared the pistachio. It’s the best!

That night was another relaxing one around the fire, yelling at Lillian to stay close. She is so outgoing and social and wants to be best friends with everyone she sees. She’ll run up to random kids and hug them and introduce herself. One dad hanging by the water with his son said she told them “I’m Lillian, on vacation from Eagle River.” Luckily all of our neighbors and passersby were so nice. There were plenty of kids and dogs that didn’t mind her company.

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Casting lesson - proud dad!

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Major Fail: Forgot the roasting sticks. ↓

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Before heading home on Sunday we had breakfast, walked the beach, picked more dandelions, and then made a visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center. It was the first time we’ve ever been there. The touch tanks were a hit with Hazel and both of the girls (and Blake, too) loved watching the seals and sea lions.

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On the way home, Lillian thanked both Blake and I multiple times for taking her camping. That made all the planning, packing, setting up, lack of sleep, taking down, and unpacking worth it. And although Hazel can’t verbally express her gratitude, she did sleep most of the way home, which is like the best ‘thank you’ we could ask for.

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xo,
Briana

 

Memorial Day Weekend

We spent the weekend camping. We headed north and camped along Petersville Road, hoping to get some up-close views of Denali. Alas, the clouds moved in as soon as we got there, and in true Alaska form, they stuck around all weekend.

This was our first camping trip with the girls, so Blake and I were a little nervous going into it. I was worried it would be a disaster and that we’d never want to do it again. Thankfully, they were happy little campers. The only hiccup was Hazel waking up every morning around 6, because it was so light out. I’ll be making blackout curtains before our next trip.

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We spent some time at Peters Creek one day. Lillian loved throwing rocks in the water and did not want to leave. Hazel napped most of the time, until Lilly woke her up for a picture.

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Uncle Willy and Dani were along for the adventure. They offered to watch the girls for a bit, allowing Blake and I to do some exploring on the 4wheeler. Petersville Road is an old mining road. The pavement ends about 10 miles in, we camped around mile 15, and took the 4wheeler all the way out to mile 32. This is where the Petersville State Recreational Mining Area begins, an area set aside by the state for citizens to pan and mine for gold. The scenery was beautiful. Hopefully we can make it back on a clear weekend.

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It rained a little on our last night, but that didn’t stop Lilly. She ran around and jumped in puddle after puddle of mud.

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IMG_7849(1)We had so much fun exploring and enjoying the outdoors. Our first camping trip of the season was definitely a success.

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This weekend we are headed to Portage Valley. But first, blackout curtains. I can’t sew, so they won’t be anything fancy. Hopefully they’ll work a little better than the black garbage bags we were using. Here come the Griswolds! ;)

Until next time,
Briana