Alaska 101: Seward, Camping and Motorhome Part 2
UNTUK VERSI BAHASA MELAYU, KLIK SINI
I was hoping to blog about the beauty of my beloved Malaysia while I am here. But it is like endless anticipation for the hazes to subsides and it is likely to stay this way for another month. This is the longest haze season I ever experienced in Malaysia. I managed to post up about Redang and Kuala Terengganu on the first week of August and that’s all. Also, I don’t want to cheat people by photoshop pictures, creating blue sky and talk about something that doesn’t exist. Just like one wedding photography that I came across on Facebook. The picture was shot in front of a little puddle and then he turned it into big, beautiful lake. That’s no nice. Sham is still a sham no matter how beautiful the end result is. You should’t give false hope and fake perspective to people.
My Instagram goes silent without latest, pretty image update. I can’t afford to put up selfies after selfies like teenagers and young moms that have thousands of followers. Sometimes I feel disgusted to look at my own selfies now. I guess I’m too old to be fronting with camera.
So I had to continue with my stories on my Seward’s motorhome camping, again. Well, I still have millions pictures yet to be shared here.
Back to my Seward’s motorhome camping. We moved to another spot on day 2. The location is remotely located from Seward’s town. Like 3 kilometers far. It’s called Millers Landing. I don’t really favor that place at the beginning. It isn’t lively as the one in Seward’s town center since it is surrounded by hills and forest. But then, Mike proved me wrong.
Motorhome camping spot in Millers Landing costs around USD 35 per night with power outlet provided. But we didn’t get nice spot with grand view since it was a last minute reservations and they assigned specific lot for you. Besides motorhome parking lot, Millers Landing also provide cabins and tent camp site. It also provides public restroom, laundry service and shower room. Instead of souvenirs shops, touristy restaurants and Marina Bay, Millers Landing offers a beautiful jungle trail and Kayak for rent.
Just like our first camping spot, Millers Landing facing Resurrection Bay too. It has long beach area for fishing but not for swimming. In Alaska, you swim in lakes during summer. Not ocean/ beaches. I noticed all beaches in Alaska has black sand and stones. I still remember that I was keen to visit black sandy beach in Jogjakarta (Parangritis Beach) however, the sands isn’t black enough but more to grey. But in Alaska, it is black. So I can tick black sandy beach off my bucket list.
Once Mike done with motorhome set up, we went strolling around this camp area. We went to check the jungle trail and it was easy level, for beginners trail. Also, You will find sea of wild flowers everywhere in Alaska during summer. They don’t spend a single dime to plant these flowers like some country like Turkey and its Tulips season and make it into tourism biz. It’s all grew naturally and all you have to do is dive into it. Do’t you worry about snakes. Alaska has NO SNAKE. Wild flowers that usually grow in Alaska is Fireweed, Dandelion and Daisies.
And as usual, forest in Alaska is breathtakingly beautiful
I miss moss forest in Cameron Highland during my last year visit due to time constraint. Thank God that I manage to get a glimpse of mini moss forest here in Seward. It reminds me of The Lord of The Ring movie.
I bumped into wild animal. Not vicious type. But cute one.
You must bring a little basket if you decided to walk into forest in Alaska during Summer. It’s a blueberries and raspberries picking season! It’s everywhere and you are free to pick it up but leave some for the moose and the bears 🙂 They snacking on it too. It is advisable to bring ‘edible herb and fruits’ book as references so that you won’t be picking poisonous fruits along the way.
Is it just me or bushes and creeks in Alaska always looks awesomely pretty. Even old , unused vehicles too. Looks like it contains a sentimental value by sitting there malfunctioned.
After some free unwashed fruits, we walked back to our motorhome and noticed that Millers Landing has little jetty for fisherman. They had few big fishes caught that day. It was my first time to pose with Alaskan fisherman and his fish.
There is a quaint little shop in Millers Landing that provides the basic stuff and foods for the campers. Not quite basic since it has ATM too. They provide free coffee for the customers. I don’t mind spending my honeymoon with seating area by the window like that, regardless how small and unglamour this shop is.
In Malaysia, we have to be alert with stray cats, wild monkeys and crows. In Alaska, you have to be careful with Seagulls. The bird isn’t as savage as wild monkeys in Batu Caves or Tasik Dayang Bunting in Langkawi, but if you leave your food unattended long enough, the birds finally will snatch it away. So far I never experienced Seagull pooped on me or the car yet. Maybe the seagulls here are civilized one.
There is not much activity in Millers Landing (for us, but many for other people since we don’t do kayak and serious hiking). I just sat by the beach and day dreaming. But I never felt bored for sure. Total mind relaxing. Also, Mike need enough rest since we have a long ride tomorrow, back to Anchorage.
The next morning, I tried to capture the sunrise again. But it was raining. So below are the one I able to capture. I would like to stress out again that all pictures taken here in Alaska by me has zero photo manipulation or heavily filtered. It’s already too perfect and all I did was captured it and share it here.
To be continued on the next post. I am still learning to do photoblogging with short or no writes up. I know Malaysian hate to read. Mike and I will fly to Seoul this weekend and to catch up with Autumn season since we missed the one in Alaska. I hope I manage to update my blog (maybe photoblog) while I am in South Korea for about 2 weeks.
See you in Seoul.