Seward, AK – July 17, 2014 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is currently caring for three young adult sea otters rescued through its Wildlife Response Program. All three otters were rescued from Homer, AK on separate dates: MoJoe in June 2010, Agnes in April 2013, and Aurora in September 2013. All were originally stranded at less than three months old. At that age, pups require constant care from their mothers. Due to the intensive maternal care required, pups under six months of age are deemed non-releasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
During the past several weeks there has been a lot of coverage of the Funny River Wildfire that quickly spread throughout the wilderness southwest of Soldotna.
As of June 4th the fire has not been extinguished, but containment of the fire perimeter has reached 60% and no smoke or fire is detectable from populated areas.
To date, the fire has burned more than 193,000 acres of forest, making it the largest wildfire in the country so far this year.
Linda and I spent the first and last of our Alaska trip exploring the Kenai Peninsula, aptly named "Alaska's Playground." Among the places we visited were the Chugach National Forest, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Fjords National Park, Whittier, Seward and Kenai. Each could be the subject of a column, but I will do my best to tempt you with some highlights.
Look for adventure in Seldovia! Seldovia remains one of the last unspoiled areas in the world where there are no traffic signs, no road rage, no big box stores, and a quiet, laid-back atmosphere that is conducive to a relaxed vacation. Seldovia has a broad variety of activities for you to discover the true Alaskan wilderness, and it has all the conveniences of home!
Alaska is vast, still mostly roadless and wild, and stunningly beautiful. The Kenai Peninsula has the largest number, greatest concentration, and most diverse range of hiking environments in the state. The Kenai, as it is known locally, is itself huge, containing an ice field larger than the state of Rhode Island. The Kenai offers coastal, forest, subalpine, tundra, and even glacial hiking opportunities.
There are quite a few MTB trails on the Forest. We are seeing more and more winter bikers cruising on their fat tires over the compacted snow, the main biking season in Alaska, like elsewhere remains the summer and fall. Johnson Pass and Resurrection Pass both offer great biking trails.
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