Thursday, July 29, 2010

Alaska--Day One

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!


Diane AZ said...

The creaking groaning glacier sounds exciting. I love all the pictures, especially the ones with blue ice and adorable otters.

Ebie said...

Must be a strong and sturdy boat for that 4 hour trip.

Love the gray skies accented with the blue/balck mountains.

Must be a fun trip!

Barb said...

I absolutely love the blues in the floating ice! I enlarged the pics and feel as though I'm touring with you. Looks chilly!

Anonymous said...

What a joy it must have been for the senses each. Can only dream of being able to breath such clean air as it must have been around there. Longing, longing...great pictures !

daily athens

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I'm in complete awe! Would love to hear more details about how you planned this trip etc...your pictures are beautiful but leave me wanting more and wishing we were there. Tx for sharing.

Gaelyn said...

Wow! The small boat was perfect to get in close to the rocky spires in the bay. I want to see Alaska, very much. To be so close to the glaciers calving and those adorable sea otters must have been a thrill. And that "wilderness" lodge sounds divine. Hope to see more of this.

fredamans said...

Awesome photo adventure!

Anonymous said...

The otter was cute. He sure looks inquisitive. The picture of the glacier was really cool too.

katney said...

Your otters are awesome.

Paulie said...

Looks like you had a great time! When I visited the Kenai Peninsula, we were in a camper and very crowded.