Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sunday, Seward Trip Part 2

We headed back to the hotel and warmed up for a short time before going to the Apollo for dinner. We were quite full so we decided to call it a night and turn in. Once we got inside, the snow began to fall. Flakes were huge and at times the snow showers were very heavy. Fortunately, the temps were slightly above freezing which prevented any accumulation in our area. Folks in the higher elevations of town did see several inches of accumulation. After seeing so much snow over the winter, we finally lost interest in watching it snow and went to bed. The next morning, we noticed many cars coming in to town were covered in snow. In fact, it was snowing on us as we loaded the car with our luggage. As we left town and drove north, the fresh snow was very evident along the roadside and in the yards of homes. We turned off and drove toward Exit Glacier but after only a mile the road was closed due to the heavy winter snows still covering the road. We decided to visit some of the Forest Service areas along the main road as we made our way back to Anchorage. We soon discovered that all these roads were also still closed due to the thick snow that had yet to melt. By the time we got to Tern Lake, where this bald eagle picture was taken, the snowfall had gotten quite heavy. When we turned down Portage Glacier Road, the combination of wind and snow was a nasty reminder of winter. This glacier valley area was still heavily blanketed in snow. Portage Lake was just beginning to break up. The parking lot to Byron Glacier was still filled with snow higher than the car! We did see some wildlife and many beautiful wintry scenes as we made our way back to the big city and reality after a lovely and restful, but cold, weekend.

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