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Friday, November 7, 2014

The Beauty and Brutality of Alaskan Weather

Blue skies and calm seas one minute and monsoon like conditions the next. Such is what to expect in the Gulf of Alaska where the wind blowing north has nothing to inhibit it in some areas literally all the way down to Antarctica. While summer marine conditions typically calm themselves to make for a fantastic paddling season, we occasionally are reminded of the awesome power mother nature has in store for us from time to time.

The following photos were taken from an early June Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking five day kayak camping expedition that was extended an extra day due to one such storm. For four days, nothing but beautiful blue skies and pond like water made this one of the best experiences of my guiding career. And when our fifth and final day came, so did the weather! Fortunately for us, our location inside Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park provided mountain protection on all sides so all we felt was a little rain. But being a four hour boat ride in open ocean from Seward, our ride home could not quite make the trip to pick us up with 30+ knot winds and over 12-13 foot waves.

But no worries friends; the weather died down the following day and we made our way home safely. Equipped with spare food and plenty of shelter and water, our crew got to sit back and enjoy an extra day in a beautiful place baring witness to both the beauty and brutality of wild Alaskan weather. And it sure was a treat to behold.

~ Danny

Paddle Safety Talk Before Embarking on the First Day of Kayaking

Curious Group of Stellar Sea Lions 
Bald Eagle

Great View of a Tidewater Glacier

Making our Way Through Northwester Fjord

Up Close and Personal with Northwestern Glacier

Bergy Bits Floating Through the Fjord

Northwestern Glacier

Harbor Seal Working on its Tan

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Seward Spotlight – Harbor Opening

Seward Harbor

Seward Harbor Opening Weekend (SHOW) is a local tradition in Seward that symbolically kicks off the outdoor season.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Trip Spotlight – Guided Sea Kayak Camping Adventures

Sunny Cove offers guided rentals for all of our overnight trips. These trips are offered for groups of four or more who are experienced campers, have their own camping equipment and wish to save money. Sunny Cove provides all kayaking equipment and guides for these trips while you provide all cooking, camping and personal gear.

Hey, less work for us guides! But you’ll still get to enjoy the company of your guide who will love to share information about the geology, history, wildlife, and ecology of our surroundings while providing a safe atmosphere for kayaking.

These trips require a lot of planning and coordination so put this on your radar for next summer!

This is the last post of our trip spotlights for the summer. Hope you enjoyed learning about them and hope to see on the water with us!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Seward Spotlight – Lowell Point

Lowell Point
Lowell Point sits a few miles outside Seward and is where Sunny Cove launches most of our trips from. Home to a small eclectic group of people including your lovely Sunny Cove kayak guides, Lowell Point is a beautiful place I like to hang out and take in the scenery of Resurrection Bay. You will have great views of Fox Island, Caines Head, and Tonsina Beach while relaxing on the Lowell Point beach.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Trip Spotlight – Kenai Fjords National Park Kayak Camping Adventure: Northwestern Fjord

Paddling in Northwestern Fjord
Remote, pristine and rarely visited, Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park is truly one of the world's most remarkable sea kayaking destinations. Kayak amidst icebergs and seals while watching tidewater glaciers calve into protected waters. This stunning location is all the more dramatic and rare due to the relatively recent glacial retreat. The areas we paddle were under a mile of ice as recently as the early 1900's. Available as a three, four or five day adventure.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Seward Spotlight – Iditarod Historic Trail

Mile 0 of the Iditarod Historic Trail

Alaska is well known for the annual Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race that runs from Anchorage to Nome every year in March. Dog mushing was put on the map when a diphtheria epidemic broke out in Nome and the nearest available antitoxin was in Anchorage. This was in the winter of 1925 and the only transportation available was via dog sled and so 20 dog mushers and more than 100 dogs relayed the medical supplies to Nome to save the town.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Staff Spotlight - Ben Daniels

Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum; Ben joins the Sunny Cove team all the way from Lakeland, Florida! Ben spent several years as a white water rafting guide before joining the ranks of sea kayak guides up in Alaska. Meet Ben!

Favorite Food: Apple slices, real peanut butter, and ice cold whole milk

Favorite Movie: Waterworld

Favorite Book: Where the Wild Things Are

Favorite TV Show: Salute Your Shorts

Favorite Sports Team: Auburn University Rugby

Best Alaskan Experience: Chopping wood and eating salmon

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Trip Spotlight – Kenai Fjords National Park Kayak Camping Adventure: Aialik Bay

You will be sleeping near this beautiful glacier

This is where both Holgate and Aialik Glaciers shed their ice to create some of the most magnificent scenery in Kenai Fjords National Park. Aialik Bay's vistas encompass many varieties of glaciers from massive hanging glaciers in the mountains towering above to the tidewater glaciers that flow into the seas below. This spectacular area gives us the opportunity to experience this wonderland of mountains and ice up close and personal. Available as a three, four or five day adventure.

These trips require a lot of planning and coordination so put this on your radar for next summer!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Seward Spotlight – Silver Salmon Derby

If you enjoy fishing, this is the event for you! This weekend kicks off the 59th annual Silver Salmon Derby which is hosted right here in Seward. Anglers from around the state, nation, and world vie for the largest Silver (also known as Coho) Salmon and try to catch one of the many tagged fish worth a variety of different prizes. Caught fish are turned in and sold to raise funds for fish enhancements efforts. This year’s derby will run from August 9th – 17th

~ Danny

Monday, August 4, 2014

Staff Spotlight - Kat Georgia

Hailing from Woodcliff, New Jersey, Kat joined the Sunny Cove team after spending last summer hiking the Appalachian Trail. If you were on the trail, you would know her by the trail name Sassy Pants! Kat is a great part of the team who lives in a van...down by the river...literally. Here's some more interesting stuff about Kat!

Favorite Food: I'll eat anything!

Favorite TV Show: Bob's Burgers

Favorite Book: White Oleander

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Trip Spotlight – Caines Head Kayak Camping Exploration

World War II Bunker on the top of Caines Head

This 3-day, 2-night trip originates at Lowell Point and overnights at Caines Head State Recreation Area. This is a beautiful, historically important, area that offers encounters with numerous species of wildlife from sea otters and sea lions to bald eagles and sea birds. Trails at Caines Head and Derby Cove provide spectacular views of Resurrection Bay and the North Coast of the Gulf of Alaska. Caines Head provides a fun combination of hiking and kayaking at a budget price.

Caines Head is a popular spot among tourists and going on the kayak camping exploration trip allows our guests to enjoy the area without the rush to get back to Seward in one day. Once camp is set up, there’s a ton of options to keep your group busy exploring Caines Head State Recreation Area.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Seward Spotlight – Alaska Railroad

If you are looking to get to Seward without having to rent a car, The Alaska Railroad is a great way to take in the scenery along the way. Constructed in the early 1900s and spanning over 500 miles, Seward was selected as the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad in part because Resurrection Bay never freezes over in the winter making Seward a year round port town. With boat and railway transport being the main methods for transporting supplies to Alaska, the Alaska Railroad helped put Seward on the map. Today, tourists use the Alaska Railroad to travel throughout the state to visit some of Alaska’s most beautiful places including Denali National Park. 

~ Danny

Monday, July 28, 2014

Literature Spotlight - A Crisis of Climate

Climate change is a fact of life and has been occurring since the formation of Earth. However, manmade climate change has been a hotly contested debate since the Age of Environmentalism began in America. Patrick Allitt's work, A Climate of Crisis, takes a close look at the history of the environmental movement in the United States and is a fantastic read for anyone who is a fan of both history and environmental issues.

The environmental movement began during World War II after the effects of nuclear fallout was made public. Even since, our country has waged debates on a variety of topics including the use of nuclear weapons, energy consumption, pollution, endangered species, fossil fuels, oil pipelines, ecotourism, the list goes on and on. This book focuses on both sides of the debate and follows along closely with the political landscape on these issues over the past several decades. Regardless of your viewpoints, I hope we can all agree that we are stewards of a beautiful planet and this is a great read for anyone wanting to become more educated on these issues that many of us find extremely important. Enjoy!

~ Danny

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Trip Spotlight – Fox Island Sea Kayaking Day Trip

One of the many options available during this trip

Join us as we explore the Fox Island coastline of sheer ocean cliffs and deep, forest cloaked coves. Optional routes include circumnavigating the island and experiencing the outer coast or exploring the Fox Island spit and the coves of Cape Resurrection. Your route will be chosen at your guide’s discretion with consideration to wind, waves and the groups’ abilities. Along the way we'll stop for a stretch and a picnic lunch on one of the cobblestone beaches dotting the coastline. This adventure is designed for the active traveler and while experience is not necessary, you must be in reasonably good shape. This active tour may involve up to 12 miles of paddling.

This tour includes a one-hour morning wildlife cruise to Fox Island, following by kayaking instruction, a picnic lunch and approximately 5.5 hours of kayaking. Upon your return to Fox Island you will enjoy a full salmon & prime rib dinner buffet. Children 12 and up are welcome to kayak this excursion with an adult in our two person kayaks.

My favorite thing about this trip is showcasing the distinctive geological features of Fox Island. The island itself is composed of rocks from two different tectonic plates. The North American Plate and Pacific Plate once met below Resurrection Bay and the two sides of the bay have completely different types of rock formation as a result. Sitting in the middle of the bay, Fox Island is a unique land mass that paddlers on the full day trip will be able to explore.

Friday, July 25, 2014

History Spotlight - The Alaskan Flag

In 1926, the territory of Alaska held a competition between 7th-12th graders to create a design that would become the official flag of Alaska. A 7th grader, Benny Benson, from our very own town of Seward created the artwork that would be remembered forever as it was selected as the winner of the competition.

Benson's flag has a blue background with the Big Dipper pointing up to the North Star. Benson said the blue background signified both the Alaskan sky as well as the blue Forget-me-not flower (state flower of Alaska). The Big Dipper (aka Ursa Major or Big Bear) represented the strength of Alaska while the North Star showed the significance of Alaska as the northern most point in the United States of America. Quite impressive work from a 7th grader!

~ Danny

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Staff Spotlight - Andrew Giacomelli

Andrew is a super goofy, guitar playin', goat wranglin', joke makin', fun lovin', egg eatin', truck drivin', Latin memorizin', kayak paddlin', tree climbin', garden growin', VHS ownin', object throwin' son of his mom (and dad). Meet Andrew!

Hometown: Sebastopol, California

Favorite Food: Anything with an over easy egg on top

Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park and The Big Lebowski

Favorite TV Show: 49ers football!

Favorite Book: Forest Giants of the Pacific Northwest

Favorite Sports Team: San Francisco Giants and 49ers