It was a lazy morning. By the time I was up and made my way to the dinning room D was in the shower, AsA and M had been to the grocery store (hence the kitchen and the fridge were stocked with fruits, milk, eggs, waffles, reads, juice, cola, wine, beer and other grocery items), CG and PA where making breakfast, few people were ready dressed for the day and the kids were running all over the place.
Finally with everyone pitching in breakfast was eaten, munchies packed, people got ready, a photo session of all of us together completed, so we got into our cars for a drive around Alaska. The turning point was set as Seward about 3 hours non stop drive from Anchorage. But took our time, we did for breaks for pictures and other attractions.
The official break was at a wildlife preserve where animals hurt in the wild are kept till they recover (glorified Zoo is what D called it). It was a halt made for the kids (and for adults if they did not see any other wild life).
We finally got to Seward, which is a small little fishing town. Nothing much to do there but for the gorgeous scenery. So we had lunch is small little cafe and enjoyed hanging out at the peaceful place.
After a while we headed to the final destination for the day, Exit Glacier, which is about 20 miles off Seward. Here you can see the glacier from a distance but there is a 2 mile hike that you can do which will get to the very base of the glacier. After donning hiking shoes and warm jackets we started on the hike. The hike is a loop where you can go up one end and come down the other side if you wanted to do the loop or go up and come down from any side. Everyone had an opinion on which side was the easiest and hence people split up in groups going from different approach points. D, M and I headed from one end and got to the glacier point without any issues. Once there D and M decided to go off the trail to actually go touch the glacier. In deference to being pregnant, I stayed behind. The others caught up with us while those two where making their way to the glacier.
Once everyone was done clicking pictures and D, M were back we started on our way down. And here is what we found. Ptarmigan walking in front of us. And the best part was when they spread their wings you saw this brilliant red colour (same as the one of their eyes) featears. Wish we could capture a picture but they don’t fly too much.
Once we got down we hit the road to get back to the house with a few stops for pictures