Thursday, September 4, 2008

Alaska Kayaking

Today I want to write about another incredible trip, a kayaking journey up the West Arm of Glacier Bay, where the ice has retreated just far enough to slip into the heart of Alaska.
Explorers’ Corner, a referral-only, high-end, specialty adventure company offering unique destinations and experiences, proposes a 8 day voyage (4 Nights Hotels or Bed & Breakfasts, 4 Nights Tented Camp) starting in the little town of Gustavus, the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. Glacier Bay is a natural waterway from Alaska's Inside Passage to the tidewater glaciers. Long sunlight hours are devoted to following the retreat of the glaciers, with stops every so often to explore the mountains by foot. On Day 7 you will board a charter boat for the scenic half hour cruise across Icy Strait to Point Adolphus on the north shore of Chichagof Island in the Tongass National Forest.
The trip combines an exploration of two of the most impressive locations in coastal Alaska: Point Adolphus for unsurpassed humpback and orca whale watching and a paddle back in geologic time up the West Arm of Glacier Bay, considered by many to be the most spectacular area in all of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. You are likely to see humpback and orca whales, sea lions, seals, otter, migrating salmon and bald eagles as well as brown bears, black bears and more.
This year the Company offers a one day extension to the trip. From Juneau you will board a floatplane to visit Pack Creek on Admiralty Island, known to the Tlingits as Kootznoowoo or “fortress of the Bears”.
Explorers Corner is made up of a small group of passionate travelers and professionals that share the vision of this unique “old world (one-to-one customer service)” travel company—Olaf Malver, Lou Gibbs, Paul Schicke and Karla Leibowitz.