Everyone had told us since coming to Seward that the hike out to Tonsina Point, just south of Seward, was a wonderful hike. It wasn’t mountain climbing, as so many of the hikes around here ARE. And it was a maintained trail, as so many of the hikes around here ARE NOT. We knew the destination was the beach, with great skipping stones along Resurrection Bay. It was Father’s Day afternoon. The sun was shining. The bugs weren’t bad. And we headed off.
As we made our way along the trail, we’d occasionally ask the folks who were headed in the other direction, back to the parking lot, how much further we had. We had no idea and, when hiking with kids, we like having an answer to tell them when they ask/whine “How much longer?” It helps us gage how many snacks to dole out and how much longer until they can got to the bathroom.
After about a half hour someone passing by told us that the beach was “just after the enchanted forest.” “Enchanted Forest” got our attention because it’s exceptionally cool and magical to refer to a forest as “enchanted” and because we weren’t sure whether we’d know when we had left the “ordinary, run of the mill, forest” and had entered the “enchanted” one. Since this was all new to us, we needed to be sure of where we were.
But, after crossing over one of the several bridges over creeks running down to the ocean, it became very clear that we has passed into the enchanted forest portion of the hike.