We were recently contacted by Danny Meunick with Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking out of Seward, Alaska. He wanted to share some of the amazing experiences and pictures that he, along with his fellow colleagues, collected from a great 2014 summer season spent with visitors from all over the world. Below we will recap the blog post he shared with us titled, “The Beauty and Brutality of Alaskan Weather” along with a collection of awe-inspiring images. If you are currently in the process (or will be soon) of planning your 2015 vacation to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground, we highly recommend spending some time in Seward, Alaska with Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking. And trust us, once you see these photos… it will be nearly impossible for you to leave this adventure off of your bucket list.
Blue skies and calm seas one minute and monsoon like conditions the next. Such is what to expect in the Gulf of Alaska where the wind blowing north has nothing to inhibit it in some areas literally all the way down to Antarctica. While summer marine conditions typically calm themselves to make for a fantastic paddling season, we occasionally are reminded of the awesome power mother nature has in store for us from time to time. The following photos were taken from an early June Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking five day kayak camping expedition that was extended an extra day due to one such storm. For four days, nothing but beautiful blue skies and pond like water made this one of the best experiences of my guiding career. And when our fifth and final day came, so did the weather! Fortunately for us, our location inside Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park provided mountain protection on all sides so all we felt was a little rain. But being a four hour boat ride in open ocean from Seward, our ride home could not quite make the trip to pick us up with 30+ knot winds and over 12-13 foot waves. But no worries friends; the weather died down the following day and we made our way home safely. Equipped with spare food and plenty of shelter and water, our crew got to sit back and enjoy an extra day in a beautiful place baring witness to both the beauty and brutality of wild Alaskan weather. And it sure was a treat to behold.
To begin: Paddle Safety Talk Before Embarking on the First Day of Kayaking.
Next up, the group enjoying an incredible wildlife viewing of a curious group of Stellar Sea Lions.
And as if that wasn’t enough, when they looked up into the trees… they enjoyed a “double whammy” wildlife viewing treat; Sea Lions AND a beautiful Bald Eagle.
Next stop was a great view of a Tidewater Glacier.
Next the excited group finds themselves making their way through the Northwestern Fjord.
Followed by an “up close and personal” encounter with the Northwestern Glacier.
Pictured here are some bergy bits floating through the Fjord.
And the mecca of all photos… the Northwestern Glacier in all her majestic beauty. With a “double your pleasure” reflection in the water, to boot!
And last but not least, no trip with Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking would be complete without a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of a Harbor Seal cooling off on some ice while working on his tan.