Alaska

Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge

China Poot Peak

This is the first installment of several posts about the Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge. It is such an extraordinary destination that there is a lot to share–look for upcoming posts about tidepooling, kayaking, and more. Just a short boat ride from Homer, tucked along the shore of China Poot Bay, the Katchemak Bay Wilderness Lodge caters…

There is No Place Like Homer, Alaska

Baby William on the beach in Homer

Forgive me for plagiarizing a decorative sign but it’s true, there really is no place like Homer. Also known as the “Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea” and the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World,” folks love Homer for many reasons. What’s not to love? Located at the end of the Sterling Highway, surrounded by majestic…

Moose and Elk and Bears, Oh My!

Everyone expects to see wildlife when visiting Alaska and the 49th state in the Union rarely disappoints.  My eyes are always searching for movement at the edge of the forest, high in the treetops, and even alongside the road but my desire is balanced with a healthy dose of caution. Some of the largest and most territorial…

Heading Into the Kenai Peninsula

Turnagain Arm

If you plan to explore the Kenai Peninsula by car, as we did, plan on a considerable amount of driving. If driving time is alright with you (the scenery is wonderful and wildlife sightings are common) then give yourselves at least two weeks to fully appreciate the area. We only had a week and felt…

Alaskan Native Heritage Center, Anchorage

Lodge

We were learning before we even walked inside the Alaskan Native Heritage Center. A friendly young man demonstrated an Eskimo Yo-Yo at the entrance. Making it look easy (trust me, it’s not), he explained that this device wasn’t only a toy; it actually helps Native hunters practice their netting skills. He went on to explain…

Anchorage Arrival and Lunch

Alaska’s largest city is a popular starting point for many visitors. From here, roads and railways lead northward to Denali National Park and Fairbanks, or south to the Kenai Peninsula. We didn’t stay in Anchorage overnight but our early flight from Seattle gave us an opportunity to grab lunch then visit the Alaska Native Heritage…