Author: Carol Griswold

Hidden in Plain Sight: another cool salmon

Hidden in Plain Sight: another cool salmon

While driving along Port Avenue recently, I spied a nicely made sockeye (red) salmon wind vane perched atop a tall pole at Icicle Seafoods. It swung back and forth as if swimming upstream, facing the ever-changing gusts of wind. According to Icicle Seafoods plant manager Charles McEldowney, the wind vane […]

Snow sculptures!

Snow sculptures!

Snow sliding in slow motion off roofs created some incredible curls and draped blankets. Snowballs on fenceposts and snow hats on birdhouses were a nice decorative touch. Enjoy it while it lasts! Carol Griswold

Synchronized snow removal

Synchronized snow removal

With spring just around the corner, winter finally showed up. City street crews sprang into action with their amazing snow blower and synchronized parade of dump trucks. The state snowblower cleared the Seward Airport runways, blowing the snow to the side instead of hauling it off. Either way, it was […]

Scenic Iditarod National Historic Trail

Scenic Iditarod National Historic Trail

As musher Mitch Seavey races along the Iditarod National Historic Trail to Nome, we can enjoy the first mile of that trail right here in Seward along the Waterfront starting at the bronze Trail Blazers statue in the Alaska Sealife Center parking lot. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the […]

Providence-Seward CT Scanner Arrives

Providence-Seward CT Scanner Arrives

Providence-Seward’s  replacement CT Scanner unit arrived this afternoon in a heavy snowstorm. After safely traveling the treacherous Seward Highway, it was ironic that the semi-truck got stuck in a pile of snow on First Avenue, just a half-block away from its destination. A plow and Bobcat rushed to the rescue. […]

Baby Beluga Graduates!

Baby Beluga Graduates!

Tyonek, the famous endangered rescued and rehabilitated baby beluga, graduated from the Alaska Sealife Center yesterday. Accompanied by two ASLC staff, he traveled in his special tank by truck to the Anchorage airport and flew non-stop to SeaWorld San Antonio, Texas. The 4000-mile journey, despite the snowstorm en route to […]

Baby Beluga preparing for 4000 mile trip

Baby Beluga preparing for 4000 mile trip

A  colorful pod of humans clad in chest waders descended on Tyonek’s outdoor pool this morning. Many hands helped to cradle the baby beluga while the vet drew blood samples from his fluke and performed a sonogram. Then the baby beluga was scooped up in a specialized sling with openings […]

Caution: Moose on Nash Road

Caution: Moose on Nash Road

A  momma moose with one, possibly two yearlings, has been spotted frequently along the first half mile of  Nash Road, feeding on the roadside willows. This is a 55-mph zone with a lot of traffic. Please watch for this family and drive carefully; the moose are not watching for you. […]

Providence Seward CT scanner removed

Providence Seward CT scanner removed

The  CT scanner parked in the setback on the south side of Providence Seward Medical and Care Center recently broke down and was deemed unrepairable. After removing the connecting walkway enclosure, the unit, mounted on a semi-trailer, was hauled a short ways out of town today. For the first time […]

Seward Tsunami Inundation Maps

Seward Tsunami Inundation Maps

After the January 22 earthquake and tsunami evacuation event, and as the anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake approaches, it’s timely to review the updated tsunami inundation maps available at the Alaska Earthquake Center. https://earthquake.alaska.edu/tsunamis/atom I excerpted sections of that map and added labels for clarity. The following information […]

Baby Beluga gets a vet check

Baby Beluga gets a vet check

Tyonek  the baby beluga had an appointment for a checkup on Friday afternoon at the Alaska Sealife Center. The outdoor pool level was lowered over the course of many hours to allow easy access for the staff. As soon as the humans stepped into the now shallow water, the whale […]

Rez Art on a sunny day

Rez Art on a sunny day

Rez Art looked so warm and inviting on this blustery winter day, I stopped to take a photo. Winter hours open 7 am to 5 pm daily except for Sundays 8 am to 5 pm, with many very special evening events. Carol Griswold

Final FREEzing Wednesday to see Baby Beluga

Final FREEzing Wednesday to see Baby Beluga

Wednesday,  February 28 is the final FREEzing Wednesday at the Alaska Sealife Center. Bring your friends and family between 10 am and 5 pm to say good-bye to Tyonek, the baby Beluga whale, before he flies to Texas. Admission is free to Alaska residents. Many thanks to the Alaska Sealife […]

Anchorage Audubon Seward Field Trip

Anchorage Audubon Seward Field Trip

A  flock of about fifteen Anchorage Audubon Society birders enjoyed a fabulous field trip around Seward on Saturday despite the blowing snow and chilly temperature. With ten stops between 10 am and 3 pm, the group collectively spotted 35-36 species. Seward features many different productive habitats from the bay, to […]

Baby Beluga leaving Seward soon

Baby Beluga leaving Seward soon

Tyonek, the rescued Cook Inlet baby beluga will soon leave Seward for his forever home at SeaWorld San Antonio, Texas. There, another baby beluga male born about the same time in September 2017 at the facility awaits his new buddy along with other belugas. The date for his transfer has […]

Exit Glacier Road parking enforced by gate

Heads-up!  Troopers are citing vehicles parked in the “No Parking” zones near the locked gate at the intersection of Old Exit Glacier Road and Herman Leirer Road aka Exit Glacier Road. Drivers are advised to park in the pullout a short distance away to avoid being ticketed. For current conditions […]