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The Gateway to Kenai Fjords

Back from our fishing trip to Seward, Alaska. Here are just a few of the Seward Sights:

Upon arrival, we hit the beach in late afternoon to wet our lines. This seagull watched patiently, hoping we would eventually catch it a salmon dinner.

Apparently, Seward is the Mural Capital of Alaska, a tidbit that had eluded me up until this past week. This one graces the wall of The Fish House, which is a great place to pick up any gear that one leaves in Fairbanks. It is also a pretty kick-ass hardware store.

Seward is the southern terminus for the Alaska Railroad. Across the street from the little depot, is one of the best breakfast places in town, called The Smoke Shack. This small diner is located in a complex known as The Train Rec. Made up of several retired Alaska Railroad cars, The Train Rec has a great view of the harbor.

The Train Rec complex

Rotary Snowplows

They aren’t fast… but they move a lot of snow…

The White Pass & Yukon Railroad’s steam powered rotary plow clearing a path out of Skagway, Alaska on 27 April, 2011.

This silent, black & white 16mm clip, is of a steam powered rotary plow near Anchorage, Alaska sometime between 1924-1930. This footage comes courtesy of the University of Alaska – Fairbanks Film Archives.