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Glaciers & Fjords Hangout

July 10 - July 17

Stoney Creek RV Park • Seward, AK

This Hangout is currently sold out, but join the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up!

Gateway to the splendor of the Kenai Peninsula

The Alaskan port city of Seward occupies a breathtaking area shaped by glaciers, nestled between mountains and the ocean. During the seven-day Glaciers & Fjords Hangout, hosted by Joann and Charlie Kavanagh SKP# 132374 and co-hosted by Lisa and Jason Reich, SKP# 118627, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this amazing region by water and on land.

You’ll begin the Hangout by exploring the abundant wildlife and massive glaciers in Resurrection Bay on an all-day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise. An onboard naturalist will narrate your 7 1/2-hour journey and act as your guide to the spectacular sights, including two active tidewater glaciers as well as whales, harbor seals, Steller sea lion colonies, puffins, eagles, and rookeries of thousands of nesting seabirds. A deli lunch (including a vegetarian option) is included.

During your afternoon at the unique Alaska SeaLife Center, a world-class, non-profit research institution and public aquarium, you’ll discover the importance of understanding and maintaining the integrity of Alaska’s oceans, as you observe and interact with sea animals in natural-looking habitats. 

Accompanied by a Kenai Fjords National Park ranger, you’ll take a 2.2 mile hike right up to the toe of stunning Exit Glacier, where you’ll experience the dense, blue ice while listening to it crackle. You’ll also attend a ranger presentation about the area, and have an opportunity to explore the Exit Glacier Nature Center.

You’ll explore the town of Seward, the official “Mural Capital of Alaska”, as part of a team-based scavenger hunt through the colorful murals that bring life to Seward’s unique historical characters and events. You’ll also visit the Seward Museum, where you’ll learn how the town was devastated by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake–the second most powerful tremor recorded in world history–in 1964.

You’ll also hike the scenic Tonsina Creek Trail, a 3.4 mile round-trip that climbs along the shoreline of Resurrection Bay. Look for salmon spawning in the waters of Tonsina Creek and walk through a beautiful hardwood forest that transitions into a wet northern rainforest, then relax for a while on the beach before heading back.

There are so many things to do around Seward that we couldn’t possibly include them all in one week! So instead, we’ll have a day for you to Choose Your Own Adventure. Want to fish in a fjord? Kayak around icebergs in a glacial lagoon? Take a wilderness dog sled ride? You can select one of these activities or others–ranging from professionally-guided outings to free hikes–from a menu of suggestions that we’ll provide to you before the Hangout.

You’ll get to enjoy all of these activities plus dinner at the Seward Brewing Company, an evening bar crawl with the locals after the cruise ship crowds have left, potluck meals in camp, and much more at the Glaciers & Fjords Hangout!

Hangout location

Your home base for the Glaciers & Fjords Hangout will be the Stoney Creek RV Park, conveniently located just six miles north of downtown Seward. All of the Hangout sites are big rig-friendly and have full hookups with electricity, water, and sewer connections as well as satellite TV. Most sites have 30 amp service, but a few have 50 amp–please indicate your preference when you register and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. There are laundry facilities and a bath house with free showers on site.

Please contact the park directly if you wish to arrive before the start of the Hangout and/or stay after it ends. Early arrivals and late departures are subject to site availability at the time you make your reservation. You’ll pay the park directly for any extra days at the Park’s then-current daily rate.

This Hangout is limited to only 29 RVs and tickets will go quickly—so don’t wait to register

Is this event right for me?

Every member is welcome at all Escapees RV Club events. With that said, the Glaciers & Fjords Hangout is best suited for members who:

  • enjoy hiking and walking (up to 3-4 miles)
  • can participate in activities during weekdays (traditional working/business hours)

For events designed specifically for working-age RVers, with most activities in the evenings and on weekends, try an Xscapers Convergence. Or for more of an all-inclusive, guided-tour experience, you may prefer one of our Head-Out Programs (HOPs).

Please note that we are not organizing a traveling caravan either to or from Alaska or between the three Alaska Hangouts. Participants will be responsible for transporting their own RVs.

Schedule

Activities and schedule are subject to change. Activities marked with an *asterisk are not included in your Hangout fee.

Monday 7/10

Arrive at Stoney Creek RV Park

Welcome gathering & introductions

Tuesday 7/11

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise (7.5 hours)

Happy hour in camp

Wednesday 7/12

Seward Museum

Waterfront picnic

Mural scavenger hunt

Dinner at Seward Brewing Company*

Thursday 7/13

Choose Your Own Adventure*

Friday 7/14

Exit Glacier (Kenai Fjords National Park) – ranger-guided hike to glacier overlook & ranger talk

Exit Glacier Nature Center

Potluck dinner

Saturday 7/15

Alaska Sea Life Center

Seward Waterfront Shore Path walk

Evening bar crawl & music in town*

Sunday 7/16

Tonsina Creek Trail hike (parking $5*)

Drinks at Seward Brewing*

Happy hour in camp

Discussion about further travel in Alaska

Monday 7/17

GTHO breakfast

Departure

Price & registration

Registration includes:

  • 7 nights RV camping in a full hookup site
  • Kenai Fjords National Park cruise
  • Alaska SeaLife Center admission
  • Seward Museum admission & movie
  • Mural scavenger hunt
  • Hiking 
  • Social activities
  • GTHO departure day breakfast
  • Hangout hosts

 Additional costs to consider: meals out, optional Choose Your Own Adventure activity

All activities listed for this event are subject to change.

Hangout price

  • RV site, 2 people $1,299

    All sites have full hookups with either 30 amp or 50 amp electrical service. Be sure to indicate your preference when you register, and we will do our best to accommodate it.​

  • Deduct for only 1 person -$210
  • Each additional person $299

    For more than 2 people (including children) in same rig.

You must be an Escapees RV Club member to attend this event. If you are not currently a member, you will be able to add a new membership during the registration process.

  • You are physically capable of participating in the event.
  • Your recreational vehicle, other vehicles, and any other equipment you may use to participate in the event will be in working condition.
  • You will observe all applicable laws (including obtaining relevant licenses) and event rules, and will conduct yourself in a safe and prudent manner while participating in the event. 
  • That although volunteers may be directing and assisting you to your parking area, it is the driver of the vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and is solely responsible for any damage to your property or the property of others.
  • You accept and assume all risks arising from participation in the event, and waive and release all claims against Escapees or its affiliates relating to such participation. 
  • You consent to receive medical treatment deemed necessary if you are injured or require medical attention during your participation in the event, and agree that you are solely responsible for all related costs.
  • You grant your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audio taped or photographed, and grant to Escapees full use thereof without compensation.
  • You will receive occasional email notifications of future Escapees events; however, you can opt-out of these notifications at any time.

The above is only a summary. Please carefully read the full the terms and conditions, assumption of risk, and waiver of claims agreement that will be provided to you during the registration process.

How to register

To register, click the button below and follow the instructions on your screen. If you need assistance with your registration, please call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 329-6499‬‬.

Registration opens Friday, January 27, 2023
at 10:30 a.m. Central Time.

After you register

Watch for an email from registration@escapees.com for a confirmation of your registration. If you don’t receive it, call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 329-6499‬ to be sure that your registration was processed correctly.

After you register, please join the private 2023 Alaska Hangouts group on Facebook (a link to this group will be in your confirmation email). We will use this group to communicate with Hangout attendees before and during the event. You will also receive one or more emails before the Hangout with more information as needed.

Cancellations & travel insurance

Should you need to cancel your registration, call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 329-6499‬ between 8 am and 4 pm Central Time, Monday through Friday, or email registration@escapees.com

If you purchase this Hangout as part of the 2023 Alaska Hangouts Bundle, please refer to the bundle cancellation policy.

If you purchase this Hangout individually, you may be entitled to a partial refund of your registration fees, depending on when we receive your cancellation:

  • On or before Thursday, May 11, 2023: $50 cancellation fee, remainder of payment refunded
  • Friday, May 12, 2023 through Friday, June 9, 2023: 50% refund of full event cost
  • After Friday, June 9, 2023: no refund

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance after registering to protect your investment in the Hangout if you must cancel due to unexpected illness, death, or certain other contingencies. Travel insurance can also help to cover medical and trip interruption expenses for emergencies that occur during the Hangout. Pre-existing medical conditions are waived as long as you purchased your insurance within 15 days after your Hangout registration fee payment. Get a personalized online travel insurance quote now.

Waiting list

If this Hangout is sold out when you try to register, please join the waiting list by completing the form below. There are usually several cancellations before a Hangout…so if a spot opens up and you’re the next one on the waiting list, you’ll get another shot at registration! (Note: please don’t join the waiting list unless and until the Hangout sells out. Entries received before that time will be ignored.)

Details

Start:
July 10
End:
July 17
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Website:
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Venue

Stoney Creek RV Park
13760 Leslie Pl
Seward, AK 99664 United States
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Phone:
877-437-6366
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