Day 30, Friday, 5/18/18
Hope, Alaska

On Turnagain Arm.....

Sleeping on a crappy bed makes for a crappy night. We spent a second night at Hotel Seward on a too small bed. Chris thinks I'm grumpy!

Before leaving for Valdez, we spent some time at the Alaska Sea Life Center. It sits right at the edge of the bay with great views out from the deck.

Resurrection Bay

It's an aquarium, aviary and educational facility. The aviary is particularly interesting as it sits on top of a large fish tank to accommodate puffins, seagulls, ducks and other birds that like to be on or near the water. There are viewing windows in the tank on the ground floor (below the aviary) where you can see a variety of local fish, eels, anemone, etc. A few other tanks had a sea lion, seals and otters. A nice visit.


From the Sea Life Center, we left for Valdez driving up Rt 9 through the Chugach National Forest. About 18 miles from Moose Pass, we turned onto Hope Highway (really a 2 laner) for Hope. Hope is a small town with 2 campgrounds, one state and one private, a restaurant, a liquor store and a population of about 190. It sits on Turnagain Arm, and was named after one of the prospectors arriving to make their fortune in Resurrection Creek gold. The prospector's last name was 'Hope'.

We found a nice site at the state campground with a view of Turnagain. Dinner was fresh caught halibut, potatoes and veggies cooked over an open wood fire. Yum! We were in early but as the afternoon turned into night, the campground filled up. It looked like lots of folks from Anchorage camping out for the weekend. There was also a group of boy scouts with backpacks walking through the campsite to a trail along the water. In spite of the occasional drizzle, it was a good spot.

The Campsite

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