It’s been over a couple weeks since I last posted, but I do have a good reason. I was vacationing in Alaska. No I won’t bore you with my “Here’s how I spent my summer!” Just a “Here’s how I spent three hours of my summer.”
I spent the last two weeks touring some of Alaska. We started in Anchorage, then drove up to Talkeetna and Danali National Park. Then headed southward to Seward, and on to Homer and the Kanai Peninsula. But enough of the large trip.
After calling ahead to Sunny Cove in Seward for a reservation we spent a night in a cosy little B&B (Sorry no website for this location), we wondered the ‘downtown’ and found some great gems of places to eat, Apollo was our choice for a fantastic pizza. I highly recommend it. Then headed to the Safeway for sandwich makings for the next day.
Sunny Cove Kayaks is located about 3 miles south of the center of Seward. Just follow “the dirt road” was all the directions we were given, and when we checked with another kayak shop in town, they said the same thing. “Follow 4th St. till it turns to dirt, then keep going. At the end of the dirt road is Lowell Point, another off the beaten path place in Alaska, and the site of about half a dozen kayaking outfits.
At 1:00, Gunner and Angie fitted 12 of us with PFDs, Boots and Spray Skirts, then lead us to the beach where 6 Necky doubles awaited us. The weather was sunny and warm, about 60F so a long sleeve shirt and blue jeans were sufficient, even in late August. When I said Boots I mean BOOTS, not paddling botties I’ve seen used on the Chesapeake Bay. These were heavey rubber and came up to mid calf.
Once out on Resurection Bay we headed “out”. Take a look at the map of Lowell Point The marker is about where we started, the tour ships come up from the South and end their cruise at Seward, the northern end of that body of water. We started out south keeping the coast on our right and no more than 300′ away. The water was not smooth, but with small swells about 1′ high, comfortable with a slight challenge keeping a steady course. As we passed a large rock outcropping about 50′ offshore we spotted a Cormorant standing on the peak, I was with two other boats that took the seaward side, while the other boats went behind the rock. A bit further along the coast we came to a beach with a picnic table, but we didn’t land there. The guide had spotted a Juvenile Bald Eagle sitting on the picnic table and the adult Bald Eagle high in a tree overhead watching. We spent about 10 minutes just drifting and watching, not going any closer so as to not disturb these magnificent creatures.
A bit further along the coast we came to a spit of land and beached just before we reached it. That spit was the “river delta” for a small stream that was probably being fed by snow melt up in the mountains. Once we all had left the boats we were led along the beach, then inland along the stream to a path and bridge. This stream was full of Salmon spawning, and since it was in a protected park there were no fisherman. The guides helped spot two or three types of salmon, but for the life of me I wasn’t sure which size was which species But I can remember some of the names: Chum, Sockeye, King, and Pink.
But all good things must come to an end. We crossed the beach, which isn’t easy in Boots when there is very little sand but mainly Rocks, and back to the kayaks for the return trip. As we neared the cove were we saw the Bald Eagles on the way out, the tree and picnic table were empty, but from out of the woods we heard the call of the Bald Eagle and spotted it at an altitude of about 50′ coming out to circle over us and take a good look at this fleet of kayaks going by. This time when I got to the big rock I went behind it. The Cormorant was still sitting on top, with it’s wings out to dry, and a bunch of Oyster Catchers down a the base of the rock.
And so this kayak trip ended. If I’m ever in Seward again I think I will arrange for the All Day trip instead of the 3 hour version.