Exploring Kachemak Bay with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies: Part Two

The first several hours of the visit were a hike through the hilly forest all around the research station. The young women who were guiding us knew everything about the plants and animals of the forest. It was great to get the chance to pick their brains. We learned to avoid cow parsnip and devilsContinue reading “Exploring Kachemak Bay with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies: Part Two”

Exploring Kachemak Bay with the Alaskan Center for Coastal Studies: Part One

                On the southwestern edge of the Kenai Peninsula is the small fishing town of Homer, Alaska. We had heard that it was a good jumping off point for expeditions into the national parks on the opposite side of Cook Inlet, so one day we drove down to see what we could scrounge up. IfContinue reading “Exploring Kachemak Bay with the Alaskan Center for Coastal Studies: Part One”

Kenai Fjords: The Four Ice Seals of the Apocalypse

Cooling down after our cruise with the four ice seals of the apocalypse

Kenai Fjords: 43 of 62 (Part One)

A foray to Kenai Fjords and Seward, AK.

Bearanoia

                On our first morning in Nikiski, we decided to go back to the well from which the wildlife gods had favored us yesterday, home of the weasel: Captain Cook State Recreation Area. We went with the full intention of stopping at every possible point and exploring the park. Unfortunately, at the first viewpoint, alongContinue reading “Bearanoia”

The Alaskan Adventure Begins

Our first day in Alaska!