Alaska – The Kenai Peninsula – Part 1

Well, after several weeks on the road and some great stops in Glacier National Park, Banff and Jasper National Parks, we made it to Alaska; that’s state #49 for us (#48 for the Wildabeast).

Our base of operations is a cabin on the Kasilof River. Thanks to our good friend Bill for generously allowing us the use of his awesome cabin on the river. It was amazing!

Our goal: to see as much of the Kenai Peninsula as possible in about 7 days.

Day 1, sleep in and recoup after driving for 20 hours the day before.

Day 2: We went whale watching with Kenai Fjords Tours and then found some time to explore Exit Glacier.
We saw a huge moose with her 2 babies on the way to Seward.
The drive to Seward is really pretty with lots of great views of mountains, lakes, wetlands and glaciers.
Kenai Fjords Tours does a great job with whale and glacier tours. We saw all kinds of wildlife including, sea otters, puffins, mountain goats (on the side of the cliffs, not in the water), sea lions, orca whales and humpback whales.

After our whale watching tour, we hiked the short trail to Exit Glacier.
The trail is pretty flat with lots of great views.
The Harding Ice Field Trail splits off from the Exit Glacier Trail.
The HIT is much longer and much more strenuous.

Alaska is a great place to see lots of cool stuff. One lesson we learned is that you should always have your rain gear ready to go.

More to come.