Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sunshine, Mountains, Water and Costco

You all might think everything we do here at Sunny Cove is just fun and games.   Well, it is, mostly.  I mean, we get to live in a beautiful place, kayak with amazing people and see tons of wildlife everyday. However, there is a lot happening in the background most of our guests just don't get to see.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lowell Point is a Family Affair

Walking out on to Lowell Point beach is a moment few forget. For our guests, it may only be a day, but for a few lucky guides, it becomes home.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Words can't describe...

Words often can't describe everything we see so for this blog entry, we'll let the images below do the talking on some of our 2013 summer adventures so far at Sunny Cove. Enjoy!

~ Danny

View of Southwestern Glacier during 5 day
overnight kayak camping trip

Meet Our Staff: Matt

Matt, seriously in front of a giant 'berg.
Matt, originally from Georgia, has been with Sunny Cove for three summers, and is one of our top-notch lead guides.  He spends as many days as possible in a kayak and has guided in AK, FL and the Virgin Islands.  Let's just say the guy likes to kayak.  He has a BA in Philosophy, is a Level 2 American Canoe Association Instructor, is also a Wilderness First Responder and is a Certified Alaska Tour Guide.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Wildlife Spotlight: Bald Eagle

A fun game to play with guests is to see who can spot the Bald Eagle. When looking at a mountainside of green foliage, you might see what looks like a white golf ball amongst the trees. More than likely, it's a Bald Eagle. The Bald Eagle is one of our most common wildlife sightings on kayak trips and don't be surprised if you see several during a short paddle. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Kayaking in the Rain at Fox Island

The rain. Ah it my see so dreary but in Alaska it has it's benefits. The wildlife is out and about, the chance of sunburn is minimal and the waterfalls explode off the cliffside. These two lucky ladies had a closer than usual encounter with everyone's favorite Alaskan bird, the Horned Puffin. ~Jack

The Sun Shines Again on Fox Island!

One week since I last saw you. I thought you were never coming back. Those were my thoughts about the sun this last week. Finally on Monday clouds were gone and the sun was back. It was a beautiful day for paddling on Fox Island, as our group of 11 found out, with stellar views for miles! ~Jack

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Meet Our Staff: Jack

Jack enjoying playtime at Bear Glacier!
Jack is one of our two Iowa based guides, brought to the 'last frontier' by Forest in May.  Jack also has a history with the University of Northern Iowa as a trip leader heading to destinations all over the US.  He's certainly a people person, with a quick wit and a convoluted sense of humor.  Jack is a Wilderness First Responder, and Certified Alaska Tour Guide and holds a Fire'n Chit and Totin Chip (for all you former Boy Scouts).

Monday, July 8, 2013

A Magical Place – Northwestern Fjord

I have been fortunate to have a number of moments of awesome wonder in my life. Moments where time slows or stands still and there is a sense of appreciation and connectedness to the broader web of life. This usually occurs when, alone in nature, I have the opportunity to quiet my mind and appreciate my surroundings.

If you poop in the woods when no one is around, does it still smell?

View while pooping at first campsite
It was no surprise to my friends and family when I finally pulled the trigger on my current Alaskan adventure. Was ready for a new challenge and had set myself up to make this plunge with various personal experiences, certifications, and educational courses. So when I finally shared the news that I was heading northwest for the summer, there were no jaw dropping moments or unbelieving stares; there was however a common denominator for most of those conversations. A simple question that was said in response. “So how are you going to poop in the woods?!”

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Wildlife Spotlight: Sea Otter

Just think…if you jumped into Resurrection Bay to see how long you could survive the cold ocean water, it would take roughly an hour before hypothermia started to kick in. At that point, staying in any longer could be fatal!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Meet Our Staff: Danny

Danny in Northwestern Fjord
Meet Danny, one of our top notch first-year kayak guides!   Danny has a long history in education, obtaining a Bachelors in Communication from Purdue and a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the U of South Carolina.  He is also an alum of the National Outdoor Leadership School's Alaska Sea Kayaking and Backpacking Outdoor Education Course, a Wilderness First Responder and holds an Alaska Tour Guide certification.  Whew!  Did you get all that?

Friday, July 5, 2013

4th of July in Seward

Every 4th of July Seward hosts the Mt Marathon Race, an insanely intense race involving 3.5 miles both UP and down Mt. Marathon, topping out a 3,022 feet.  
View of Mt Marathon to the Racers Summit.