On the Kenai Peninsula

10 August 2014

Our Alaskan adventure continues and so too does the rain. Thankfully, Paprika, Oregano and I have all the appropriate rainy weather attire, so we’ve been out and about enjoying ourselves. We may be soggy and starting to develop mildew, but we’re still having fun.

Yesterday we left Girdwood to drive south to Seward on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. On the way, we stopped at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Animals that are native to Alaska are brought here, if they have been orphaned or injured and won’t be able to survive in the wild on their own.

 

Here I am, meeting a Big Bear
Here I am, meeting a Big Brown Bear

Despite the rain, we were able to visit with caribou, moose, musk ox, grizzly bears, black bears, a lynx and an owl. There is a resident porcupine who clearly had more sense then we did. She opted to stay in her shelter and remain warm and dry.

Moose at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Moose at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

We arrived in Seward and proceeded down the world’s bumpiest road to our cabin right on the shores of Resurrection Bay.

The view from every room of the cabin is stunning! We can see glaciers right from our bed!

The beach at low tide - our cabin is the second brown one from the left
The beach at low tide – our cabin is the second brown one from the left

When we were at the Anchorage Museum, we learned about the 1964 earthquake. It had a huge impact on this part of Alaska. The land dropped 10 feet from that earthquake. Water from the sea rushed in and flooded the land. Many trees along the shoreline were killed by the saltwater.

The remains of those trees dot the shoreline as an eerie reminder. These forests are aptly named ghost forests. The fog in the pictures with the ghost trees makes them seem even more ghostly.

Flat Kathy and the ghost trees at Lowell Point, Seward
Flat Kathy and the ghost trees at Lowell Point, Seward

Paprika and Oregano were excited that the rain slowed to a drizzle and the water in Resurrection Bay was calm enough for them to go on a guided ocean kayak trip. Paprika told me it was too dangerous for me to come along because the water is only 50 degrees and 1000 feet deep. As you know, I don’t swim so well, so I waited for them to come home.

When Paprika and Oregano returned from their kayak trip, they told me all about it. The water was as calm as glass. They kayaked alongside porpoises and seals. Bald eagles were perched in the trees along the shoreline. When they were finished kayaking 4 hours later, their arms were so tired they had trouble carrying me back into our cabin.

The magnificent view of the glaciers and mountains from our cabin
The magnificent view of the glaciers and mountains from our cabin

The weather is wreaking havoc with our plans again today. We were supposed to go on a glacier tour into the Kenai Fjords, but when we woke up, there was so much fog we couldn’t see the mountains or the water just outside our windows. The tour was canceled, but Paprika managed to book us on a different tour tomorrow.

We’ll enjoy our cabin and the beach today and remain ever hopeful that the weather will clear up by tomorrow. I don’t have fingers, but if I did, I’d have them crossed.


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