Thursday, May 21, 2009

Seward Adventures

Well...I had an opportunity to get out into Kenai Fjords National Park and Aialik Bay another tour boat. While its not exactly the one on one experience you'll get in a kayak it sure is a good way to cover some serious distance. We traveled through Resurrection Bay, along Caines and Calisto Head, into Porcupine Cove, around Cape Aialik and finally to Holgate Glacier before returning.

Before we even made it out of the Bay we had our first encounter with a North Pacific Sea Otter.
Then the Dall's Porpoise made their way over. The Dall's love to bow surf with the big boats.

As we made our way towards Cape Aialik we found ourselves in the middle of a show. Our boat captain had found a group of two pods of resident Orcas and set us up in a good position to view that allowed for plenty of distance to allow the Orcas space. Now, you may look at that picture and think..'wow, that looks pretty close to me!' Well, it is! Three of the Orca's made their way to the boat, swam UNDER the boat and then proceeded to give us a show that lasted at least 15 minutes.

Wow, right! Can't really top seeing something like that....

But, we tried our best and headed over to Holgate Glacier. The glacier wasn't overly active, but the day was beautiful!

Interested in learning more about Orcas? Try this link or this link...

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Spring paddle and ski

Early April offers lots of fun outdoor opportunities. We loaded up the touring skis and paddled out to Tonsina Creek for  a ski up the river drainage. Its one of our favorite winter tours. 

All it involves is a switch from  Xtratufs to ski boots. The frozen Rivers provide easy access to areas which would be much more challenging to visit during summer. 

It was a beautiful day to explore. We took a nice lunch and a bottle of wine. Temperatures were in the lower 30s, very comfortable especially when skiing.  

 It's a couple of miles to the end of the valley. The mountains climb steeply from the valley floor. We passed by several avalanche chutes all showing recent activity. We'll save any mountain exploring for a more bombproof avalanche day.