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Outside Seward City Limits

May 8th, 2008 (01:09 am)

current mood: drained
current song: Crossfade - Cold

Gallery updated with the Seward pics

After leaving the city limits we made a quick stop at the airport to try and find a cache there that my logs said hadn't been found since last year. Luckly the new geocacher had their eyes peeled because my gps's error was nearly thirty feet. As I headed off to another likely hiding place they spoted the container and pulled it out with a satisfied grin.

We found that the cache had been found the day before and there was pretty interesting items still within the container. A rather heavy pool ball key chain caught my attention while my friend examined a silver necklace, deeper in the container were some foreign coins and some skull earrings. After replacing the items and signing the log we had a choice to make, either go acrossed a small bog to locate a cache on the other side of the airport or go farther down the road and try and locate a cache located at a picture point that looked down on Seward. Finally we decided to locate the picture point first then work our way back down to the Airport before taking in a late lunch...I wish it had turned out so easy.

The main road lead to a turn off called Nash that we turned down and took a quick left on an unlabled road to try and locate Roundtable road. At the end of Roundtable road was a trail that would lead us up to the photo point and the cache. As we walked down the unlabed road we passed another walker that we asked if the road we seeked was along this path. Unfortunately they didn't know so we continued on and our hopes grew as we saw Excaliber, then Moat, but then we saw troll, then tower, and with the needle continuing to point behind us we turned around and went back to another unnamed street (later to be found out as knight) and got within a quarter mile of the cache before having to turn back after not finding any other trails between the houses.

We hiked back to Nash and began to walk down it only to find that it also curved away from the cache. The new geocacher pointed out a trail that lead off Nash and in the general direction of the cache. Thus began our struggle verses mother nature as we spent the next two hours grinding our way through six foot deep snow, sticker plants, and trees that seemed to try and hold us back every step of the way. Finally getting to within two hundred feet of our goal we looked over from another ridge to see a slippery, sticker plant infested, very vertical climb ahead of us to get to our goal. My compatriot had neglected to bring sufficiant clothing for the hike and I have to admit the climb had taken it's toll on my joints as well. Thankfully my stubborness prevailed and got us safely to the top where my friend rested and I scoured the area and returned with the prize!

Both of us were very happy to be done with the hike and after snapping some pictures of the surrounding area we found the trail down to Roundtable and found that it had been three hundred feet away from the point that we turned around at the first time. Needless to say the short jont across the marsh was nothing compaired to that hike. After finding the geocache at the airport I traded one of my travel bugs that I brought with me from Hong Kong for a Coca-cola travel bug who's only goal was to stay away from travel bug motels...heheheh.


Posted by: teh_kei (teh_kei)
Posted at: May 8th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)

awesome, I remember going to Valdez about 4 years ago to check out the glaciers there. our tour took us to block island and glacier island, which I guess isnt that close to seward but Valdez is the closest little town to it :P spend sometime in copper center and glenallen. Its a fun little place.

Posted by: Sarge (sarge104)
Posted at: May 9th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)

Alaska is a beautiful place to visit, just gets damn cold and dark for a long time..hehehe. I always love coming to Seward though, I don't think my shipmates think of it the same though, as soon as we moor they are gone to Anchorage. To each there own I guess.

Posted by: Risu (skwerly)
Posted at: May 8th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)

heh heh...I like the street names. :3

Posted by: Sarge (sarge104)
Posted at: May 9th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)

You would've loved to go through those streets I bet. The snow was so deep and things looked like the place that time forgot. We kept on telling each other; "When is Sasquatach coming out to get us?" References to messing with sasquatach comercials got us through some of the rougher parts of the hike.

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