Author: Carol Griswold

Crystal Serenity set sail early

Crystal Serenity set sail early

The Crystal Serenity set sail long before 11 pm last night, the time stated on its website. I checked out the view from the Waterfront and even drove over the the Alaska Railroad dock at 11 pm looking for it. If you were as disappointed as I was, here are some […]

Pretty but nasty Bird Vetch

Pretty but nasty Bird Vetch

Beware of a pretty purple-blue flower that is blooming and producing seeds in unsuspecting public sites, homeowners’ gardens, along the alleys, disturbed grassy areas, and unmowed roadsides. Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca) is an invasive, harmful weed that spreads rapidly by seed and underground roots. It climbs over other flowers, grasses, and […]

Invasion of the Giant Slug!

Invasion of the Giant Slug!

Late in the evening on July 26, a giant slug as long as a fireweed leaf and stout as a spruce cone mysteriously appeared cruising on the sidewalk of the 400 block of Third Avenue. The alert discoverer, Deb Kurtz, ran home, called me, came back with a container, and […]

RV Sikuliaq at homeport

RV Sikuliaq at homeport

The impressive, 261-foot oceanographic research ship Sikuliaq returned to Seward in early July. She is currently docked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center at the base of Third and Railway Avenue. Carol Griswold  

Love and Tough Love for Baby Walrus

Love and Tough Love for Baby Walrus

Eleven days ago, the baby walrus was less than enthusiastic about feeding from a bottle. Today, he waited impatiently and watched anxiously as the Alaska Sealife Center staff prepared his bottle. It apparently took forever; he alternately drooped against the enclosure door, stood up on his hind legs for a […]

2017 Mt Marathon Race Posters on display

2017 Mt Marathon Race Posters on display

The 2017 Mt Marathon Race posters are now installed in the display case on the west side of the Senior Center/TYC building at 336 Third Avenue. The hot pink background color honors local race legend Fred Moore who always races in hot pink shorts. Fred completed his 48th consecutive race this […]

baby walrus

baby walrus

What a treat to watch the orphaned baby walrus at the Alaska Sealife Center. Every day, there is something new to see. Only about two weeks old when he first arrived from Nome, he immediately learned to seek love from the 24/7 ASLC staff, cuddling against their slick rain pants. Now […]

Mt Marathon Bug-athon

Mt Marathon Bug-athon

50 flies with one swat. Swarms of flies in every video. Drowning flies in the Race Point Gatorade. General complaints and exasperation from runners, volunteers, and spectators from downtown to the top. Bugs are to be expected, but the explosion in a particular fly, the March Fly, caused most of these issues. […]

Racers train on Mt Marathon Race Trail

Racers train on Mt Marathon Race Trail

Parked vehicles lined Lowell Canyon Road and adjacent side streets today as Junior and Senior racers practiced on the rugged Mount Marathon race trail. Conditions were ideal under sunny skies with a nice south breeze and temperatures ranging from the high 50s to 65º. Race rules require that first-time racers must […]

Salmon fishing is hot at SMIC Spring Creek

Salmon fishing is hot at SMIC Spring Creek

The small parking lot at the day-use Spring Creek Beach on the east side of the bay is almost always full as salmon fishing is hot. The new SMIC breakwater is already providing calm water in the channel for fishers as well as vessels. Work continues on the breakwater, as well […]

Humpback whales lunge feeding

Humpback whales lunge feeding

It’s always a treat to hear humpback whales breathe, see the explosive misty plume, watch them majestically cruise along, then wave their powerful flukes before sounding. Today, I watched what appeared to be a mom and a juvenile do all of the above from shore. White clouds of kittiwakes and other gulls shrieked above them, diving on […]

Volunteer Fire Departments test water pumps

Volunteer Fire Departments test water pumps

The Seward and Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Departments joined forces this afternoon to test the water pumps at Preacher Pond. According Seward Fire Chief Eddie Athey, this is an annual event. From the looks of the strong flow and high plumes of water, the pumps worked! Many thanks to our dedicated fire […]

Xtra Puffs Puffin Mural Reception

Xtra Puffs Puffin Mural Reception

Sunny skies greeted the 5 pm reception on Saturday for Seward Mural Society’s most recent mural, the spectacular, 32′ tall “Xtra Puffs” by Master Artist Liza McElroy. The giant mural features a Tufted Puffin (“tough guys wear black”), and a Horned Puffin. Many of the volunteer artists were able to attend the […]

Bears and Mt Goats at Exit Glacier

Bears and Mt Goats at Exit Glacier

Now, before the leaves emerge, is a good time to visit Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park to view bears and mountain goats. On Monday morning I just missed seeing three black bear cubs high in a tree waiting for their mom near the glacier overlook. Visitors from all […]

Hummingbirds are Back!

Hummingbirds are Back!

I  spotted a flashy male Rufous Hummingbird this afternoon at the beach at Lowell Point State Recreation Site, sitting at the very tip of a small spruce tree, checking out the scene. Weighing less than a nickel, this tiny wonder recently flew 2000 miles or more, following the Pacific coast from wintering […]

Humpback whales along the Waterfront!

Humpback whales along the Waterfront!

Two humpback whales cruised along the Waterfront and Lowell Point Road yesterday. What a thrill to hear their explosive breath, see the vapor plumes erupt, and watch the enormous dark back and dorsal fin slide up then back into the water. Steller sea lions also surged along the shore, surfacing […]