Our first expedition kayak camping trip is in the books and boy did it not disappoint. Traveling two fjords down to Northwestern Fjord is about as remote as it gets. We were privileged to take out a great group of students on a summer outdoor education trip and it was an incredible four days for all involved. Check out some of the sights below.
The view of our first camp spot. Not a bad way to spend the night looking out at massive glaciers stemming from the Harding Icefield. The thunderous sound of ice calving into the water could be heard miles away and if you didn't know any better, you would have thought there was a storm brewing off in the distance.
We spent almost three hours just sitting here watching one of life's rarities. Tidewater glaciers, glaciers that still reach the surface of the ocean, are becoming less common in the world as most of the world's glaciers continue to retreat. Watching Northwestern Glacier spew off ice into the waters below is a sight to behold as the day will come soon when it will no longer be able to do so.
Navigating through the bergy bits created from the breakup of ice falling off the face of the glacier is a fun challenge. Run out of water? No problem; just pick up centuries old ice next to your boat for your fill of fresh water.
The wildlife was also out in full force. Caught this glimpse of a mountain goat with its baby. We were fortunate to catch similar shots of sea otters and a black oystercatcher with their newborn offspring. And this was all on top of sightings of humpback whales, orcas, Dall's porpoise, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, and even a black bear and wolverine!
We made time for some hiking as well and walked up to this beautiful lagoon. That's me standing at the water's edge a mere dot in the much larger picture that defines Alaska's epic wilderness.
And of course, you can't forget the bathroom views one gets out on our kayak camping trips. Some of the best in the world!
Today's society has people always on the go quickly moving on from one endeavor to the next...even up here in Alaska. But if you have the time, I encourage you to think about the experience of a lifetime you can receive taking time to explore one of the more remote and beautiful places on this planet. You won't be disappointed!