Fourth of July Seward Campgrounds — Gallery

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The week before Fourth of July, here in Seward, Alaska, I heard there were going to be about 30,000 people in town throughout the week and specifically on the fourth to celebrate and watch the Mt. Marathon race, of which you can see some of my photos from the race here.

As part of a social media photo piece for the Seward Phoenix Log, I went around town and took some shots of the campground and the miniature worlds that the tourist live in. You can also see some of these shots on my Instagram or on the Log’s Facebook page.

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The satellite dishes were mounted to the picnic table and then large blocks were used as a counter balance on the opposite side of the table to keep it from tipping either way.

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Mt. Marathon Race 2014 — Gallery

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A few months ago I moved up to Seward, Alaska. A small town that sits on Resurrection Bay and is part of the Kenai Peninsula. Recently I joined one of the two local papers, the Seward Phoenix Log. I work as a staff writer & photographer.

During the week of the Fourth of July I was given my first assignment, and got to photograph the Mt. Marathon Race. Which is a huge event for the town and for the entire state really. Here are a handful of my shots, and you can find more photos from the race on the Log’s website.

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Harding Ice Field Trail — Gallery

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Exit Glacier National Park has a 8.1 mile, roundtrip, trail. It’s called Harding’s Ice Field Trail. It was an exhaustive six hour hike through switchbacks and up nearly vertical cliffs, some snow, and of course ice. But once my girlfriend and I made it to the top we were stunned to see Harding’s Ice field stretching out in front of us for miles. Actually the ice field is 700 square miles in size. Covering mountains that average 3,000+ feet in the Seward/Kenai Peninsula area. While the trail itself will set you at 4,000 feet, gaining a 1,000 feet every mile of the trail.

It’s a virtual frozen wasteland. But its beautiful, and breath-taking. The crevasses, nunatak, and odd mountain goat or bear are just some of the things we got to see. From the top you can see beyond Exit Glacier National and clear over to the edge of Seward.

While I loved the view, and my shots, both of us were exhausted. But I do want to take a trip back up the trail to get more shots.

All but the peaks of the mountains is covered by the ice field.

All but the peaks of the mountains is covered by the ice field.

The top of the glacier has numerous creavasses.

The top of the glacier has numerous crevasses.

As you near the top of the trail snow and ice appear, but are slowly melting.

As you near the top of the trail snow and ice appear, but are slowly melting.

Mountain goats.

Mountain goats.

Mountain goats.

Mountain goats.

Exit Glacier — Gallery

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About three weeks ago I took a trip to Exit Glacier National Park, with my girlfriend. Which sits just a few miles outside of Seward, Alaska. I’d never seen a Glacier before this point in my life, outside of videos and photos online and on TV. As we rounded the corner and left the strip of forest that surrounded us on either side I remember that aw inspiring moment, “Wow!”

These are a few shots from my first time seeing Exit Glacier, and making the mile and a half hike to the observation area that gets you just feet away from the Glacier. I hope you enjoy the shots and keep an eye peeled as I have more coming from climbing the Harding Ice field trail, that not only puts you on to of the glacier, but allows entrance to the ice field.

Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier

Part of the mountain range surrounding Exit Glacier.

Part of the mountain range surrounding Exit Glacier.

Part of the mountain range surrounding Exit Glacier.

Part of the mountain range surrounding Exit Glacier.