Day Trips

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Prince William Sound Sea Kayaking: BIG ICE Trip

Sea Kayak Blackstone bayThis is why you came to Alaska: Paddle in the ice! This full day adventure (depart Anchorage 7 AM return 7 PM) gets you up close and personal with the BIG GLACIERS of Alaska. Huge waterfalls, large calving icebergs, and the constant thunder of the glaciers cracking and moving are the highlight of this adventure. Paddle sea kayaks among icebergs calving from the glaciers of Blackstone Bay. It is common to see otters, seals, sea lions and gull rookeries.

Itinerary:

Depart Anchorage at 7:00 am and drive the Seward Hwy to the 2 .5 long Whittier Tunnel. The tunnel is one-way so we need to make the 8:30 am tunnel. [for a history of the tunnel]  Upon arrival in Whittier we load the water taxi with kayaks for the 45 minute trip out to Blackstone. Many of our clients claim that the drive and motor launch ride have already met their expectations and we have not even started to paddle yet!

Upon arrival at the beach, we off load, spend time reviewing proper paddle technique and off we go. We paddle for about 1.5 hrs past the 300 foot waterfall coming off of Northland Glacier and several Kittiwake Rookeries to a small beach for lunch. After lunch we paddle up close to obtain breath taking views of Blackstone Glacier only a quarter of a mile away… you can feel the cold of the ice.

After lunch we are off to Beloit Glacier to paddle among the ice flows, grab a few pieces of ice for your water bottle or just scoop some up and lick away. UMMMM that salt water coating is tasty. Where you find ice; you usually find seals. Not always, but very common to find seals in this bay.

 

Details:

transport from your Anchorage Hotel… free

Tunnel and parking in Whittier…………..free

Dry suit……………………………………………..only guide that gives clients dry suits

Water Taxi and Kayak Tour……………….priceless

price:

1-4   $1,400 (water taxi and gas is eating our lunch, we would love to offer this trip for less, but it costs us money).  We will guarantee you a very private, and intimate small trip that you and your special someone will never forget. This IS the trip our clients continually comment, “The BEST thing I did in Alaska.  As far as we know; no other guide service will even do this trip with less than 4 clients.

5 or more  $340/person

what’s included:
guides, kayaks, transport (round trip Anchorage), tunnel fees, parking fees, water taxi fees. DRY SUITS ! we want you comfortable and SAFE. so we have dry suits for all clients to make the trip enjoyable.

you need: running shoe or sandal for over your dry suit, warm socks, warm layers, fleece and poly pro are good, warm hat, sun hat,

lunch: we can provide, or you can save $10 and provide your own. We always have thermos of hot drinks in case it rains.

Check our competition; you will see they charge more, and you need to get yourself to Whittier; we give you transport for free, tunnel for free, parking for free; and the convenience of hotel pickup / drop off or , we will drop you at the airport!

We have doubles and solo kayaks, your choice. Never kayaked?  Do not worry, most of our clientele are beginners. This fjord is tucked 8 miles back, we seldom have much wind.

time: Anchorage pick up: 7 am, return 7 pm

for a fantastic photo blog of Blackstone go to:http://www.endurefun.com/photos/v/Summer2004/BlackstoneBayKayaking/aaa_006.jpg.html

 

 

 

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Family Adventure: Cottonwood Lake, Stream/Lake Paddle

This is the perfect trip to fill that morning, afternoon or evening void in your schedule. Families love this trip, Girls night out, mother-daughter, father-son, boyfriend -girlfriend: It’s just a FUN TRIP.

Situated in the heart of the Matanuska Valley and within minutes of your valley lodging (call us we can book your room) is a lake chain most visitors never see. As the glaciers retreated they carved a large channel that filled with water from the melting ice. This chain of four lakes all connected by gentle flowing streams makes for an enjoyable paddle anytime of day. It is common to see, eagles, muskrats, beavers, salmon, trout, and assorted water fowl.

May is highlighted with multiple families of mergansers and grebes in the streams. Children love the bright yellow flowers and green petals of water lilies which highlight the month of June. July and August find the streams FILLED with RED SALMON: And the best way to view salmon? From a kayak of course.

You can select the four lakes or the three lakes tour. The four lakes tour involves a portage of about 100 yards and a climb of about 100 feet. The three lakes tour has one small portage across a road; otherwise you paddle in streams that connect all the lakes.

You park at the Kayak Center on Wasilla lake, leave your car, and we will shuttle you and your boats to Cottonwood Lake. Off you go for a great paddle. The average trip time is 4 hrs. But, you have your boat for the day so take your time.

We give you a map, (hard to get lost) a quick paddle intro if you need one, and off you go.

Clothing: You get wet (paddles drip, water fights happen….), we recommend nylon pants, a shoe you can get wet, pack to carry extra clothing in, wind jacket just in case.

Dates: Mid May to Mid Sept 10 am to 8 pm
price: $50 per person… you have you choice of solo or double kayaks
Children under 12… $25 if they ride in a double