Alaska: Adventures on the Kenai

Weeeee this summer is flying by! In less than a month I’ll be heading back to Boulder, which is hard to believe. For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to update you all on my biggest trip from this summer!

My dad and I went on a lovely little (okay, not so little) trip to Alaska a few weeks ago, and I documented it with my iPhone and some notes each day. Below you can follow along as I recap our adventure!

Day 1: We were picked up from hotel at 6 AM (which was easy, we were still on East Coast time, so it felt like 10 AM) by our tour group. The whole trip was planned and executed by Alaska Adventures, and it went flawlessly! From the hotel, we drove to a train station. We had 4 hour train ride from Anchorage to Seward, and despite the rain, it was beautiful. From Seward, we had a 45 minute boat ride to Fox Island. Fox Island was the most remote place I’ve ever been to. The island has no electricity, and it can only be reached by boat.

Afternoon activity: sea kayaking (for about 2.5 hours) We saw bald eagles, fish, and the scenery looked like it could have been the Game of Thrones set. (GOT finale was also that weekend, so I had Westeros on the brain)

Day 2: We took 5 hour boat trip out to sea. Not pleasant (for me). If you knew me as a kid, you’ll remember my unbearable motion sickness, so boats are not my favorite place to be. Despite the rocky waters, it was still incredible to see puffins, orca whales, and so much more marine life up close. We also saw a glacier and went through a lot of ice (the Captain referred to “the T word” and told us not to worry). The glacier was incredible, I don’t have any words to describe it, but I do have a picture!

Afternoon activity: Mini-hike (about 2 hours) to get our land legs back.

Day 3: We went on an 8 mile hike to Exit Glacier and were forced to stop when the snow made it impossible to continue on. Lots and lots of wildlife on this excursion!

Day 4: We biked 25 miles from Seward to Hope. Thankfully, I had bought bike shorts, so it was actually a great experience. Hope is an old town, and a very, very small one. We stopped by a historic house and museum before heading into the main area of town, and an 8 year old gave us an awesome tour of the land.

Day 5: We went for a 3 hour hike, spent mainly in solitude, crossed the largest creek by hand tram, hiked a bit more and then ate lunch before a 6 mile bike ride. That 6 mile leisurely bike ride turned into 12 because our group wanted more exercise, but getting to see the views again was worth it.

Day 6: We wrapped up the week with a quick 8 mile bike ride, then headed off to Anchorage to catch our flight back to Seattle.

Part of what made this trip so special was our guides and the people in our group. They came from all over the world, and were some of the most kind, welcoming, and fun loving humans I’ve ever met. Austin Adventures did amazing with the whole thing, even accounting for my (mainly raw) vegan lifestyle, and I’m so beyond grateful for that.

Overall, Alaska was an incredible trip and I’ll always treasure these adventures. I feel most myself when I’m out in nature, mainly when I’m hiking, and I can’t wait to get back to CO to explore more of the peaks out West.

I hope you enjoyed the recap and the pictures!

Happy adventuring,

Caroline

 

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