Day 5 – Walking on the Wild Side in Seward, Alaska

It would not be fair to real hikers out there to call what I do on hiking trails, as real hiking. I would maybe call it “moseying” or at the very best “walking” along the forest trails. I do have hiking boots and socks to keep my feet dry but do so for comfort. I do have a floppy hat and sunglasses to protect me from the sun. I do carry water and snacks to stay hydrated. I do have walking sticks, but they are for my balance. I may look the part all dressed up, but out of respect to serious hikers, let’s just say I am a wanderer.

Yesterday my friends were kind enough to accompany me to wander through a nearby forest. This is important as we were definitely in the middle of bear country. We chose an easy trail at Bear Lake, just north of Seward and near their campground. We walked along the creek and lake where the salmon had been spawning, the same place where bears frequent in the evening hours.

Fair warning of bears in the area at start of the trail head.

I love walking in forests because of the sights, sounds and relaxing experience,

Lagging behind my friends as we walked along the trail.
One of my friends found this tuft of coarse, light colored hair in a bush. We could not figure out what kind of animal may have left it. Need to ask a Ranger.
We found this spot where it appeared a large animal had bedded down in the ferns to rest. Bear? Deer? Nice resting place.

We came across another hiking family. They had heard splashing in the water and asked up if we thought there might be a bear in the water. After some discussion, the brave wife said, “come on, let’s go find out”. So, we followed single file down to the rivers edge.

Following fellow hikers to the waters edge of the lake. I was at the end as I am the slowest and the designated photographer.
The splashing was coming from the spawning salmon swirling at the waters edge.
If we had not been courageous to see what was at the edge of the water, we would have missed this gorgeous view of the lake.
Stream to Bear Lake with log. I love this picture. So peaceful.
Creek to Bear Lake. Refreshing view.
Creek to Bear Lake

Spawning Salmon

To learn more about the migration habits of salmon as they spawn, read this article on Wikipedia about the salmon run. Essentially, these salmon we were viewing are at the end of their lifecycle. Seward is known as the number one salmon fishing place in the world.

Salmon trap at Bear Creek Lake.
King salmon swimming up creek. They won’t get far.
Salmon swirling at the waters edge.
The creek flows into the lake and the salmon try to swim up stream. Notice all of the red fish? Beautiful view.
As we walk back to our car, we enjoy a rich carpet of delicate ferns.

Lodging in Seward, Alaska

This was my last day in Seward.

While staying in Seward, I enjoyed the warm hospitality of Soo at Soo’s Bed and Breakfast. This is Soo’s home and it is quite popular with frequent, repeat guests and many from all over the world. Her breakfasts were always delicious, she often made her own jams and sauces. It was so nice being able to relax and sleep late. I had my privacy and comfort with nice shower, great Wi-Fi (needed for my Blog), within walking distance to the marina and a shuttle stop nearby. I requested and was able to get a downstairs room.

I enjoyed hearing Soo speak fondly of her son and his family with three grandchildren. She is so proud of her son who is an architect and he designed the library in Seward and the visitor center in Kodiak.

This is Soo’s B&B in Seward, Alaska.
Soo’s B&B Garden in her backyard at 8:30 pm!

I have enjoyed my wandering in Seward, Alaska.

Remember, “not all who wander are lost”. J.R.R. Tolkien

The RV Lady


  1. Those salmon are huge Nancy! What a beautiful thing to capture with your camera and eyes