Friday Five · Living in Alaska

Friday Five: Five things I Love About Seward!

Hi everyone!  Time for another Friday Five with Mar on the Run, You Signed Up For What?!, and Eat Pray Run DC!  This week’s theme is 5 things that we love about something, and since I’ve only got 1 more month left in Seward I decided to write about my current town!  There’s so much I love about Seward, Alaska and it’s going to be hard to narrow it down to only 5 things!

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Five Things I Love About Seward, Alaska:

1.  I can walk everywhere.  Coming from the 5th largest city in the US, you would think that I’d miss big city life.  But it’s the total opposite!  I love that I can walk everywhere and there is no traffic.  There’s not even a traffic light here!

20140820-235212.jpgI just used this picture, but it shows the size of Seward perfectly!  Small enough to walk from one end to the other in like 20 minutes!

2.  It’s at the end of the road.  There’s something so cool about knowing that you are literally at the end of a 200+ mile road that leads down from the only nearby city.  It makes me feel like I really am living in the last frontier!

20140710-220938.jpgThe view from the end of the road.  All ocean from here.

3.  It’s got both the mountains and the ocean.  I’d rather take mountains any day (hello hiking!) but I’m in love with the fact that there is a beautiful ocean only minutes from my door that is filled with whales, marine mammals, and glaciers!  And while I love hiking the trails around Seward, I love running along the waterfront path too!

IMG_1427Checking out the ocean from the top of a mountain!

4.  The food is awesome!  We’ve got a place that serves caribou burgers out of a school bus, an oceanfront cafe that sells yummy cheesecake all day, and more places to buy super fresh fish than you can ever imagine!  We don’t have fast food, but who needs it when you can get crazy yummy salmon sandwiches and fries instead?

IMG_1467Seward knows how to keep it classy

5.  It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.  I’ve been to some pretty places, but Seward is the best and that’s why we chose to come here for the summer!  Some days I feel like I could take 200 pictures and have them all turn out perfect.  For now, I’ll just leave some pictures of my favorite places in Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park on here:

IMG_0831Aialik Glacier

20140602-231004.jpgExit Glacier

20140622-194837.jpgFourth of July Beach (at midnight on the solstice!)

20140821-194924.jpgThe view from my office

20140707-184125.jpgTonsina Point

While I’m excited to start my new life in Anchorage, I’m definitely getting sad about my time ending in Seward!  I’m so glad there’s another month left of hiking, running, and eating.  I’m excited about all the final adventures we’re going to have here!

What do you love about your town?  Do you like small towns over big cities?  Who is totally ready to visit me in Seward?

 

 

19 thoughts on “Friday Five: Five things I Love About Seward!

  1. It is GORGEOUS!

    I actually like the idea of living in a place with no fast food. (of course I don’t/can’t eat it anyway) I wonder if people there are healthier because of that? I also love fish, so that would be a bonus. I don’t think I’ve tried caribou yet (but I like elk and bison), and I actually think the school bus/picnic tables is kinda cute. Hope you enjoy Anchorage as much, but differently!

  2. These are spectacular! I will have to go back to your posts before heading to Alaska next August. I do love living in DC b/c I have the ability to walk everywhere!

  3. Great list! I love that there’s no stoplights. My hometown didn’t used to have a stop light, until I was in high school. And then there was a parade to celebrate the new stoplight. Yep… a parade. Welcome to small town life! Love it.

  4. So beautiful! I love my city because it’s the best of both worlds. There’s great shopping, amazing food, entertainment venues and microbreweries, but there’s also swimming, fishing, hiking, biking and kayaking. No matter what I’m in the mood to do or eat, I can find it here 🙂

  5. That really does look awesome. I come from small town, so I can relate to like that. And I love the outdoors. That looks like it’d be a great place to be. Glad you enjoy it and sorry you have to leave it.

  6. So beautiful! Jealous you can get fresh seafood! We used to get fresh, caught that day seafood when we lived in Seattle and I miss that so much. I want yummy salmon sandwiches!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I am def ready to visit lol Sweard has some really cool qualities! I love that my town is so farm-y and the roads are so windy! It’s way better than the suburbs or yucky city of Reading >_<

  8. It is absolutely gorgeous there! I can see why you are always smiling. What a change of scenery and life experience moving from a big city. A lot of people who not be able to adapt like you have. It seems like you will never run out of things to do!

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