Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Kenai Peninsula has been hot and sunny even while being surrounded by glaciers.
Leaving Port Chatham the skies were blue the sun was out and we were given a full view of the Alaskan Peninsula, spectacular!! Clear skies, volcanoes rising, the Barren Islands standing tall and jagged, 28 whale sightings and the smell of Shuyak Island not to mention the beam reach!! What a day.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Armed with cruising guides and local knowledge we have had to make some very hard decisions, so many anchorages, so little time. However so far we have been rewarded heavily: winds to sail, breaching humpbacks, Dall's Porpoise, otters, both sea and river, Mt. Goats, Puffins, Harbor Seals floating by on ice bergs, glaciers, glaciers, and more glaciers.
Our first stop out of Seward found us surrounded by tidal glaciers, eight in fact, stemming from mile-high Harding icefield. The water was a turquoise blue sprinkled with electric blue ice chunks. The background noise of the glaciers was never ending, reminding you of heavy traffic on I-5, the roar of the crashing ice, snow and running water, then a sudden and jarring loud rumble and boom as if there were a pile up on a highway.
Each anchorage that we have enjoyed has offered different views and perspectives of land and wildlife.
Today from the stern of CSJ I pulled in an eight pound true Cod. Yahoo!!!
Fresh dinner again.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Kenai Fjords National Park was established in 1980. The park covers an area of approximately 1,760 sq mi (4,600 km2) on the Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska, near the town of Seward. The park contains the Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States. The park is named for the numerous fjords carved by glaciers moving down the mountains from the ice field. The field is the source of at least 38 glaciers, the largest of which is Bear Glacier.
Did You Know?
The Harding Icefield accumulates 400-800 inches of snow each year. It takes between 30-50 years for that snow to compress into glacial ice.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
The bustling harbor and historic downtown district is filled with quaint shops and art galleries.
At 3,022 feet, towering Mt. Marathon provides a breathtaking backdrop for the town and becomes a focal point for the Fourth of July race up its slope which just happens to be the oldest mountain race in North America.. We will have a perfect view from the cockpit of Cape St. James. Behind Mt. Marathon and extending down the coast lies the Harding Icefield, measuring 35 by 20 miles.
Flowing from the Harding Icefield are many glaciers, eight of which are tidewater glaciers, calving icebergs into the sea, reaching the coastline between Seward and Homer.
The marina is well maintained and the folks here are friendly and welcoming. We have been given the keys to the local yacht club (unlimited HOT showers) offered cars to borrow as needed, given valuable information about the area from a couple who has cruised here for over 30 years.
The beauty so far-- even better than what we have seen and we are having a hard time believing it ourselves. Everyone just keeps saying" Wait till you see the Kenai Fiords!"