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  Seward Highway on the way to Girdwood
by RickinDutch

The main road out of Anchorage heading south is called the Seward Highway. It's about a 50 minute drive to Girdwood which is Alaska's largest ski resort. Another 10 minutes further on is Portage Glacier. Keep going and you can reach Seward, Kenai and Homer and all the great spots on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Seward Highway has many scenic turnouts to see the sights as you head south along Turnagain Arm. The bore tide is great to watch. Usually some windsurfers out enjoying the breeze. Beluga whales can usually be seen. Trailheads all along the way to get back into the Chugach range.

If you see a lot of cars pulled over and folks looking up at the cliffs, pull over yourself because there lots of dall sheep on the cliffs.

Turnagain Arm was named by Captain Cook on his third voyage. He anchored off present day Anchorage and thought he had found the northwest passage. He sent Lt. Bligh up this arm thinking it was a navigable river. Lt. Vancouver was sent north to explore what also appeared to be a great river. Both returned empty handed. Had to turn again - darn it!

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  • Written Nov 21, 2005
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