Alaska Part 1: Aialik Glacier & Humpy Cove
We returned a few weeks ago from Alaska, and it was an incredible experience. We've been lucky to see lots of snow capped peaks and oceans - but usually not at the same time. For starters, Alaska is a huge territory, so we focused our efforts on south central Alaska, the most accessible part of the state. Even then, planning was challenging, just covering the sheer distance. We spent roughly the first half of our trip in Seward, our base for exploring Kenai Fjords National Park. The park consists of the Harding Icefield - a massive, ancient sheet of ice - and its protrusions of finger-like glaciers twisting into the ocean.
Boats are a necessity for exploration here, as the park is virtually all coastal backwater and glaciers. Wildlife abounds everywhere in Alaska, and the ride out to Aialik Bay was no exception. We saw bald eagles, otters, seals, humpback whales, orca whales, sea lions, and sheep hugging the rocky coastline. We kayaked out to Aialik glacier - a very active tidewater glacier, and enjoyed lunch with the thunder of glacial calving in the background.
We spent a few nights in a yurt in quiet Humpy Cove, experiencing the notoriously fickle weather. The first night, we fell asleep to crashing waves and driving rain; the next morning, we woke early for a beautifully peaceful paddle, slicing through the glassy blue-green water while harbor seals surfaced around us.
S kindly indulged my stubborn insistence on paddleboarding (for the first time), never mind the 40 degree water. Fortunately, we were provided with wetsuits - and with the calm water, no spills!
Thanks for stopping by - I hope you've enjoyed reading about our adventures as much as I've enjoyed sharing them! Onto the next...