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Winter

Winter in Seward, Alaska

We often get asked what Seward is like in the winter.  The answer is AMAZING! Sure, we have shorter daylight hours checking in at about 5 hours on the shortest day, but those short days lead to incredible light for long sunrises and sunset.

Sunrise, December 2015

Sunrise, December 2015

Sunset, December 2015.

Sunset, December 2015.

There's so much to do!  Cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, back-country skiing, sledding, heli-skiing, snow machining (snow mobiling to you out of staters), ice skating, kayaking, fishing, you name it.  If it's a winter sport it happens in Seward!

Exploring Grayling Lake

Exploring Grayling Lake

Skiing Exit Glacier Road

Skiing Exit Glacier Road

Walking in snow Small Boat Harbor

Walking in snow Small Boat Harbor

Most people think all the wildlife disappears in the winter, but that's not true with the exception of the Humpback Whales.  We often see tons of birds, sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals and eagles.

Juvenile Bald Eagle (and an unfortunate Common Murre)

Juvenile Bald Eagle (and an unfortunate Common Murre)

Harbor Seal

Harbor Seal

Yelloweyes

Yelloweyes

Sea Otter

Sea Otter

Stellar Sea Lions

Stellar Sea Lions

Seward is really an amazing place to live in the winter!

Off Season Fun: Ski Season

Summer season is just around the corner, but it is not too late to check in and see what Andrew has been up to this winter! Always the handyman, Andrew spent some time working on his roofing and farming skills before taking some time to explore Yosemite, southern Utah, the famous "wave" in Arizona, and Owens Valley. 

Eventually Andrew ended up in Telluride, Colorado where he spent the winter working as a ski instructor teaching 3-14 year old kids the skill of alpine skiing. In his free time, Andrew could be found skiing and snowboarding the Rockies and making beautiful artistic shapes with yellow snow. With the winter season winding down, Andrew is super stoked to get back up to Alaska and hopes to see you on the water!

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Off Season Fun: Aloha Hawai'i

Part two of checking in on what our guides have been up to this winter... let's take a look at what Kat has been up to!

Now something you should know about Kat is that when she first moved to Alaska last summer, she got off the plane jobless, hitchhiked her way to Seward, found a job with Sunny Cove, and bought an old used mini van that she lived out of all summer long. So you could say she is a bit of a risk taker with an adventurous spirit which is why we love her and that same spirit has led her on some fantastic winter adventures. 

Eva the Dog

Eva the Dog

Kat stuck around Alaska a bit to explore the Denali wilderness and catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. And then she said, its time to head somewhere warm again and took off to the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Jobless and homeless once again, Kat was not deterred and within two weeks found a house, a car, and a job working with Kauai Backcountry Adventures. On top of that, Kat welcomed a new family member into her life. We call her Eva the dog because her name is Eva and well, she is a dog. Kat spent three months out in Hawai'i where she hiked the Napali Coast Trail before moving back to New Jersey to help plan her sister's wedding and is anxiously awaiting her return trip to Seward to be back on the water. She hopes to see you there!

Off Season Fun: Ragnar Florida Keys

We have a great crew of guides ready to roll this summer! But we often get asked what we do during the off season so we thought we would share some stories and experiences of what some of our returning guides have been doing to pass the time while they are away for the winter. Here's what crazy thing Danny did this past weekend...

196 miles...that is the distance from Miami to Key West, Florida. For any runners out there you may have heard of the Ragnar Relay Series and I totally recommend running one. Ragnar is a long distance relay race you do with a group of 12 people and a bunch of my friends just spent last weekend taking turns running from Miami to Key West. Each runner runs 3 legs of the relay along the way and our crew took 30 hours to complete the feat. I was the lucky one who got to run over the 7 mile bridge! Unable to walk the next day, our crew lounged pool side in Key West eating chocolate covered key lime pie and asking ourselves why in the world did we just do that to ourselves :-) All in all, not a bad way to stay in shape for kayak season and spend a weekend in sunny Florida while the rest of the country deals with blizzards and freezing temperatures! 

But make no mistake, I'm ready to be back in Alaska and excited that summer is just around the corner! 

Danny