Our guide had left a message at the hotel, meet in the lobby at 5 am to drive from Anchorage to Seward and meet our boat.
Our boat for this four hour trip was this small landing craft. Fortunately the seas were calm.
We cruised down Resurrection bay, pausing now and then for a little sight seeing.
In addition to those of us going to the lodge we had some kayakers on board. These hearty souls were dropped off along the way.
Then we went to view Aialik glacier. It creaked and groaned, occasionally letting go of some small chunks of ice.
These small icebergs floated all around us.
Then we noticed we were being watched. This little sea otter seemed intrigued by these strange creatures.
He summoned a friend to come watch with him.
We landed on a rocky beach for a short walk across a spit to the lodge.
This would be our home for the next two days. This eco-lodge was built on land owned by a native corporation and the land around it is a preserve. It is an in holding within Kenai Fjords National Park. The builders went to great lengths to leave as little impact on the land as possible during the building.
So, just where is this lodge? The yellow line shows the route we took. We were in the wilderness but we were warm, we didn't have to sleep on the ground and someone else did the cooking!