Saturday, June 30, 2018


Alaska Trip - May 2018 
A trip to see the Sea Otters in Seward
Monday, May 28th, 2018

We are on the road to Seward in this video.  If you can't see it,  you can go here.  

4.56 p.m. We are back in our hotel room after driving to Seward today.  It is a hundred miles away.  Anchorage is in one direction and Seward is in the other.  As Anchorage Airport is where we are heading tomorrow, we thought it would be nice to drive to Seward, for one last chance to look for the Sea Otters we saw a few days ago.  The weather was a whole lot better than when we were there with our niece and nephew, and also from the first time we were with our bus tour group. 

We stopped in Girdwood first and had breakfast at another local restaurant. The Girdwood Fire Department was having their breakfast in there too, so we figured we had chosen a good place. 

We ordered eggs and sausage patties, home fries  with toast.  It was very good.

 There was a large map of the United States on the wall where people had put colored pins to show where they were from.  
It was interesting to look, people were from every state it seemed like.  We checked Virginia out first.

There were no pins available so we didn't add ours.  I suppose I could have asked but this was on our way out and I was focused on those sea otters.
We checked a couple of other states out where we have family.  I always enjoy looking at maps.
Enjoyable to see where people from Alaska had come from also.

Several from the UK and Europe.

The back of the restaurant was painted in a very cute, kitschy way.
There were three faces painted in the center of the flowers.
The owners and their dog perhaps?
I really enjoyed it here.  Gregg and I love nothing better than to find out-of-the way places.  This one wasn't really out of the way though as it is easy to find.  All you have to do is make your way to the Girdwood Picnic Club in Girdwood, Alaska.

It is a great drive to Seward, along a very picturesque highway.  We traveled this road a lot and this became a familiar sight.
And the signs were always interesting.

Notice the avalanche sign?
There is still a lot of snow up there.
At around the half-way point we stopped at a pull off to take photos of a mountain lake.  There were a couple of men fishing and we watched out of curiosity to see if they caught anything.  Not two minutes later one of them did and he saw us watching. He gave us a broad smile and said it was a trout, holding it up and inviting us to take a photo.  We did!

In the meantime we are getting closer to Seward.
We headed straight to the marina where we had seen the sea otters before.  They were still there.  It must be their favorite hang-out spot.  

They were even closer this time.  We spent over an hour with them.  We noticed a boat heading towards them,  but it slowed down and gently went by without disturbing them.  The otters stared but didn't stop what they were doing, which was floating and eating...
and preening...
and smiling...

I fell in love with them all over again.

Gregg got into a conversation with a man in his small fishing boat, who threw a few of his catch back into the water to try to entice the otters to come even closer.  

These were called Hooligans and are a small and oily fish. You can read a description and about the best time to catch them in this article.  
It was the first time I had heard this name used for a fish.  The only other term I had ever heard of was when someone was talking about a young troublemaker.  No, not you buddy!
The sea otters didn't want anything to do with the fish. They were very happy eating what they could find for themselves, which in the long run is better for them. It was very kind of the fisherman to try though, and we thanked him. He had several, much larger fish in his ice chest. A nice dinner for his family tonight? And probably a few for the freezer. By this time his wife had joined us and they left.

As for the sea otters they were as entertaining as ever.  
One pulled itself out of the water to sniff around the edge of one of the docks...
looking for scraps of fish maybe. 

One last shot with a promise that I will share another post sometime, of them alone.  I took so many photos!

After keeping the sea otters company for quite a while, and not really wanting to leave when we did, we walked around the marina.  There were interesting sights there too, always love the dogs.
Her head was looking in all directions.
Here she is patiently looking at the funny lady with the camera.  She poses so nicely.
And then there are the bears who had also had a good catch that day.

The map below shows you the route we took to get to Seward.  When we got back to the hotel we stopped at the coffee shop for a latte, and we decided to have a bite there also. We chose a turkey and ham panini to share, and we each had a yogurt with wildberries and granola for dessert.  I stopped at the gift shop one last time and bought a few souvenirs.  

It is 11.22 p.m. and we are both wide awake.  It is going to be hard to get to sleep knowing that we are traveling in the morning, and also I am thinking of those delightful sea otters.
He seems to be trying to go to sleep.  I guess I will too.


  1. Thank you so much.
    I could never, ever tire of the otters. And enjoyed the rest of your post too, but the otters have first claim on my heart.

  2. Those sea otters are something special. Wonderful to see them in the wild.

  3. Does the Moose always stands in the same place two miles away from the sign? Or do they move the sign to a different location as the Moose moves?

    God bless.

  4. help I am smiling and I can't stop. those otters are amazing and sooooo cute!!!! love the dogs and the video is stunning.. all your photos are so clear and sharp I feel like I am there with you.... follow the fireman, police and truck drivers to find good food

    1. So happy you enjoyed this post Sandra :) The otters were a joy to watch, as were the dogs. Good advice, follow the firemen, police and truck drivers and you will find a great place to eat.

  5. What fabulous shots of those endearing sea otters. It must be fun self driving up there.

    1. Thanks Diane and it was fun to self navigate for a while.

  6. AWESOME captures of the sea otters, and that super nice fisherman. i like talking with locals when i travel, and find they are always so kind...PLUS, they know the best places to eat. and we are both about the eating!!

    i have seen maps like that in other places. i have always wanted to have one of the east coast, to mark all the places we have been. i always try to participate when i see them and can!!!

    1. Thanks Debbie, always ask the locals on the best places to eat right? The home wall map is a great idea :)

  7. Hello, the restaurant and food look good. Beautiful scenic views. I love the sea otters, they are so cute. I have seen similar wall maps in places, they are fun. Great photos and post. Enjoy your day and new week ahead!

    1. Thank Eileen, glad you enjoyed. Have a great week :)

  8. Hey, that's my kind of bear..made of wood that is....
    Trout is one of my favorite fish and we used to have growing up just about every friday. Always some kind of fish on friday.
    That video is just beautiful The clean fresh air, must have felt just wonderful to be there.
    I love those out of the way places too. We always look for - what Steve calls, holes in the walls. Always the best food.
    Love that map and I see Richmond on there too. Maybe one person from there?
    Look forward to more postings.

    1. Yes, he was nice and predictable and didn't move ;) Funnily enough Betsy, I was just reading an article about all the places to visit in Richmond.

  9. You have taken some amazing scenic images Denise.

  10. great place to visit, I have seen some people who came from Poland

  11. Hi Denise,
    To see Gregg sitting with a breakfast in front of him has made feel hungry even though I have only just finished my evening meal.
    What a wonderful encounter with the Sea Otters, they are such beautiful creatures.
    All the best, John

    1. Hi John, funny how that happens isn't it? :) Thought you would enjoy those sea otters. They really are darling. All the best to you too.

  12. This is delightful! I really enjoyed this part of your trip!!!!!

  13. The restaurant is cute and I kind of think everywhere in Alaska is 'out of the way' because so many people never get to go and enjoy it. We loved that harbor because of the cute city and because of the wonderful otters -- I also took so many pictures and didn't want to leave. We saw a couple of pairs floating along holding hands. The cutest thing ever!! Your pictures are really good -- much better than mine were.

    1. Thank you Sally, and oh wow, it gives me a good feeling that you were in that beautiful town and saw the sea otters. Holding hands? How adorable!

      p.s. I had a lot of help taking photos on this trip. This particular one I enjoyed taking photos of those otters, but I also gave over our camera to niece and nephew who traveled with us. They were there the first time we were with the otters and they took great photos everywhere we went.


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