Biking to Alaska

Day 63: Doing Nothing in Seward

Posted by Alan on August 21st, 2007

Now that I’m back in Seward, I’m planning to stay here for several days. Visiting this town was one of my primary goals for this trip, so I want to take my time experiencing the town. Besides, I feel like I’m coming down with a bit of a cold so I think I should slow down and get plenty of rest while I’m here. Also, the weather is cold and drizzly, so I’m in no hurry to go out and travel on my bike just yet.

First order of business this morning is to do some laundry. The local laundromat has got to be the priciest I’ve seen yet. $6 just for the wash! While at the laundromat I run into Laura who did the Exit Glacier hike with us the other day. This is my first hint at how small a town this is. Next stop is the grocery store. Can you see a glacier from the parking lot of your grocery store at home? Well, people in Seward can say “yes” to that question. Yup, it’s pretty damn scenic here, I tell ya.

I don’t get much else of interest done today. I look into options for taking an overnight kayak trip in the area as well as how I might get home to Denver by boat and train. I also enjoy some down-time reading a book I bought in Anchorage yesterday. It’s called Suite Francaise and was written in the early 40’s, but only discovered recently. It’s a pretty interesting take on France during the start of WWII. Later that night I walk over to a nearby coffee shop with a couple people from the hostel to listen to a local jazz trio. It’s not bad for a small town and they even have a woman get up to sing some jazz standards. It’s a nice way to end the day.