Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Aialik Bay Exploration

Ice and mist welcomed our second day of paddling in Aialik Bay. Holgate Glacier had been especially active during the night so the ice was thick.

Kat and I were excited to have Mark and Joan Strobel from Minnesota up for the third year of paddling. 

It was a beautiful day on the water. We paddled from Holgate Arm to Pederson Lagoon enjoying the sunshine and flat seas. 

It was a spectacular afternoon at the Lagoon. 

Not every day is sunny. Our third morning dawned dark and wet. Despite the rain we had a great paddle. Nothing like paddling through bergy bits and slush. 

We spent the morning exploring the coastline... what a beautiful place. 


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Return to the Heartland - Northwestern Fjord

One of the most magical places on earth... Northwestern Fjord. After a five year absence it felt like I was going home. 

Unbelievable ice !! Waiting for a caving event. 

Visiting the natives of the area- cute harbor seals.

Anchor glacier and Erratic island what a contrast!

Looks like my collapsable hoop works just fine. This is a first... glacier hooping. I do wish I could live here. 


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Seward 4th of July celebration and the Mt Marathon race

Few places celebrate July 4th with more enthusiasm then Seward. One of the big draws is the Mt Marathon race.

This is the 2nd oldest foot race in the United States. Up to 30,000 spectators visit Seward to witness
the  3 mile long and 3000 vertical  running/climbing event. Top time for the men this year was 44.40 minutes.

This is a pre race view from up on Marathon face. Its an exciting run down. This years winner Trond Flagstad downhill time was 10.34 minutes. Cedar Bourgeois from Seward claimed her 7th victory in the women's race.

Racers flew by the crowded finish line.

 There were plenty of other activities for visitors on the 4th including a parade,  live music and lots of  booths and goodies...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Orca Raising Party

When first year Sunny Cove guides have completed training and are ready to lead trips independently we have an Orca raising party welcoming the new staff into the pod.

New guides getting their jackets this year include Brian Studiale, Kayti Rowen, Mike McGrath, and Anne White.

To help celebrate we invited a few friends over including the band Salem. For the last couple of years Sunny Cove has been graced by an annual visit from the Colorado based band. Fortunately for us band leader Todd Anders Johnson is into kayaking.  Its not often that Seward gets music this good...

The party was a great way to kick off the 4th of July weekend.

Saxophonist Kenny Blackwell getting the crowd dancing.

Salem does original music - a mix of jazz, funk and afro-cuban rhythms ... Check them out at

Guides Frank Coyle and Anne White were just two of the people with big smiles at the party.