Back in action for another summer (four I think?) is today’s staff spotlight Arthur Kampmann!
She’s from Connecticut…but now calls Alaska her summer home…meet Seward’s best hugger Emma!
"Getting the wood stove going takes little more than fire making skills, and some dry split locally harvested timber... By the evening nearly everything is ready to come out, and returned bone dry to the Yak Shack."
|Look closely; those white spots are all birds!|
That's a lot of birds.
|Gold Prospectors carrying gear through treacherous terrain|
Over the next four years, over 100,000 prospectors made the journey to the region in what became known as the Klondike Gold Rush. Unfortunately for most, the terrain and weather proved too much with roughly only 4,000 prospectors striking gold. When gold was discovered in Nome, Alaska a few years later, most gave up on the treacherous journey that made up the Klondike Gold Rush. While a failure for many, the discovery of gold in Alaska was the beginning of understanding how rich Alaska was in natural resources and Alaska would never again be referred to
as Seward's Folly.
|Fox Island gear shed|
Fox Island is about 12 miles out from Seward and our guides loving getting out to the island for a bit. If we are scheduled for trips on the island, we hop on one of the Kenai Fjords Tours (KFT) boats and get dropped off with our guests on the island. KFT has a day and overnight lodge on the island and Sunny Cove partners with them to get to and from the island. After our trips are over, our guests board a later boat and head back to Seward. As for the guides, we usually stay out for several days before heading back to town. For guides who love the remoteness of Alaska like I do, Fox Island is the perfect getaway and I always look forward to spending time at my favorite spot to guide.
Favorite Food: Brownies
Favorite Movie: Midgets vs. Mascots
Favorite Book: Enders Game
Favorite TV Show: Parks and Rec
Favorite Sports Team: Bayern Munich
Number one item of bucket list: Travel to Asia and bum around for a while.
Best Alaska Experience: Getting his picture taken on the top of Mount Marathon in Seward and having it posted in a local calendar as Mr. January.
Wilderness First Responder
Bachelor of Physics anticipated spring of 2015
Why you love to guide: I enjoy giving people unique experiences and telling people puns.
Personal Statement: I have a dead toenail on my foot. Is that personal enough? :-) (That's Jack for ya!)
As human traffic increases in Seward and other tourist hotspots, we do our best to educate our visitors about their nests as it would be easy to trample over one without even noticing because of the camouflaged nature of the eggs. If you get near a nest, you will often see the mother approach you flapping her wing and feigning an injury in an attempt to get you to chase her and leave the nesting area. If you are visiting our coastline and notice this, watch your step!
|Picture taken from Lowell Point|
|Colin paddling in front a glacier|
Once in the field, an average days consists of waking up around 6am to get coffee and breakfast ready, preparing lunch to take on our day's route, kayaking for several hours, getting dinner ready, and cleaning dishes and putting all smellables in the bear box. We probably wrapped up and got some down time around 11pm each night. Just enough time to take a break, catch a few Zzzzs and do it all again the next day. And this is all followed by a full day of cleaning up, washing dishes, and drying gear after the trip is over. But even with all that goes into making these trips memorable for our guests, pretty sure our guides wouldn't trade in the experience for anything as the rewards are in the breathtaking scenery and wildlife we encounter in places that very few will ever see.
Danny is back for his 2nd season working at Sunny Cove. Originally from the Hoosier state of Indiana, he currently spends his off season in Orlando, Florida working at the University of Central Florida. Danny is one of our lead guides and our main blog author. Here's some cool stuff about him!
|Hiking with dad|
|Fox Island Day Lodge|
Favorite Food: Eggs
Favorite Book: The Road
Favorite TV Show: LOST
Best Life Experience: Solo road trip across the country, up to Alaska, and back.
Best Alaskan Experience: Paddling with and between two "finners" (fin whales).
Wilderness First Responder
ACA (American Canoe Association) Level II Instructor
LNT (Leave No Trace) Trainer
NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Alum
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Why do you love to guide: Kayak guiding is more of a preoccupation than an occupation. It's a job impervious to monotony - where any average day's an adventure. It warrants my lateral drifting and brings equipoise to my impulses. I get to be kinetic while sedentary, steady over unsettled waters, buoyant over an abyss, and an ungrounded conduit through which others can experience a wild and visceral marine sanctuary.
Personal Statement: We travel down the road of mystery not to gain knowledge, but to deepen the mystery.