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ANADYR ADVENTURES EXCITING NEW SEA KAYAKING & CAMPING TRIPS

Hello everybody! This is Ilene, senior kayak guide for Anadyr here in beautiful Valdez, Alaska. I’ve been enjoying a sunny spring, delighting in watching the days grow longer and warmer. Before we know it the snow will be gone in town, flowers will be blooming and heaps of visitors will be arriving to explore and discover all that the area has to offer. I finally got into a sea kayak the other day and felt happy to be paddling once again in Prince William Sound, greeting the Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals and Sea Otters. Back for my 6th season with Anadyr Adventures I continue to be amazed and inspired by the beauty and wildness of this place.

Lunch with a view of Columbia Bay

Do I ever tire of returning to the same places with different guests season after season? No, absolutely not! That’s why I keep coming back. The wildlife, the mountains, the glaciers, the icebergs, the sky, and the water offer the chance to tune in and discover the subtle yet constant changes that occur in this dynamic marine environment. Just like no two icebergs are the same, no camping trips will ever be the same either. Anadyr offers a variety of camping trips for all experience levels, time frames and trip goals. We are excited to be expanding our camping trip offerings, highlighting the awe-inspiring environment of eastern Prince William Sound, one of the most spectacular places for sea kayaking! Check out these two new and unique camping trip itineraries.

The Chugach Mountains offer an awe-inspiring backdrop to Columbia Glacier

Glacier Island to Columbia Glacier Discovery Trip 5-Day ($1625/person Fully Guided)

Diverse wildlife, boreal forest, rugged coastline, sea caves, towering icebergs, serene bays and coves, cascading waterfalls, pristine beaches, glacial moraine, and the dramatic recently-revealed landscape from the retreat of the largest tidewater glacier in Prince William Sound. This unique trip is Alaska at its’ best!

Glacier Island, with its’ rugged coastline and sea caves, is home to numerous bird and marine mammal species, including Horned and Tufted Puffins, Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals, Sea Otters, and the chance to view bear, Humpback Whales and Orcas. A highlight is paddling amongst Steller Sea Lions, as the island hosts a large haul-out for these playful and active animals. It’s a dream-come-true for wildlife enthusiasts.

A rowdy crew of Steller Sea Lions adds a thrill to paddling Glacier Island

Nothing like seeing a whale tail from the seat of a kayak

This trip takes us into Columbia Bay, one of the most breathtaking and dynamic bays in the area, ringed by the majestic and snowy glaciated peaks of the Chugach Mountains. We will explore the popular bird-nesting site and often ice-dotted glacial moraine, where Columbia Glacier sat until the start of its’ retreat in the early 1980’s. The peaceful boreal rainforest and distinct coves of this bay and its neighbor, Heather Bay, are home to a delightful diversity of birds, ducks and mammals, including Arctic Terns, Loons, Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals, and Sea Otters. At certain times we can observe salmon returning to their natal streams. If conditions allow, we will paddle the recently-exposed shoreline all the way to the face of this impressive glacier, as it calves icebergs into the water, an unforgettable and powerful experience for all to witness.

This wilderness trip-of-a-lifetime will allow you the feeling that you are experiencing the best of Alaska’s dramatic and awe-inspiring environment.

Navigating through icebergs in Columbia Bay

Columbia Glacier to Long Bay Exploratory Trip 6-Day ($1900/person Fully Guided)  

Diverse wildlife, boreal forest, towering icebergs, serene bays and coves, cascading waterfalls, pristine beaches, glacial moraine, rarely visited glacial lakes, and the dramatic recently-revealed landscape from the retreat of the largest tidewater glacier in Prince William Sound. This exciting wilderness trip allows you to discover one of Alaska’s most breathtaking and dynamic areas.

Enjoy the tranquility of Long Bay

With the majestic and snowy glaciated peaks of the Chugach Mountains as the backdrop, Columbia Glacier towers above sea level, frequently calving large icebergs into the water. We will paddle amongst these glistening ice sculptures as we cross Columbia Bay, discovering lakes and ice left over by the glacier. The popular bird-nesting site and often ice-dotted glacial moraine left over after Columbia Glacier started its’ retreat in the early 1980’s offers a unique landscape to explore. We will have many opportunities to view a diversity of birds and ducks, possibly bears and Mountain Goats, as well as paddle amongst Harbor Seals and Sea Otters that frequently haul out onto the ice.

We will enter Long Bay, a glorious gem of a bay, surrounded by boreal rainforest, cascading waterfalls, muskeg meadows, and towering rock cliffs. Wildlife viewing opportunities include Humpback Whales, Orcas, bears, Bald Eagles and other birds and ducks, Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, and salmon returning to their natal streams.

This trip will leave you feeling inspired and amazed at the best of what Alaska has to offer.

Bald Eagle

Sea Otter on an iceberg in Columbia Bay

Life is good with ice around

Happy paddlers in front of the face of Columbia Glacier

I hope this has you as excited as I am about Anadyr camping trips! I encourage you to peruse other blog posts for previous camping trip descriptions and photos, as well as read client testimonials to see the wonderful things that former Anadyr guests have to say about us. Contact us for more information. We love hearing from you and hope that you’ll join us for a trip-of-a-lifetime in the great wilderness of Alaska’s Prince William Sound.

Mama Harbor Seal with her newborn pup on Glacier Island

Sea Kayaking & Camping Adventure, 4-Day Glacier Island to Columbia Glacier

Life couldn't be better! On the north side of Glacier Island, looking into Columbia Bay

Life couldn’t be better! On the north side of Glacier Island, looking into Columbia Bay

Hello again adventurers! This is Ilene and I’m back with another post from our second camping trip of the season, a four-day journey from Columbia Bay to Glacier Island. I have to give a grateful shout-out to my wonderful expedition mates, Elaine and Dennis from Long Island, and Susanne and Matthias from Switzerland! What wonderful people to paddle with in paradise.

We began our trip in peaceful Heather Bay, where we enjoyed an afternoon of paddling around lots of ice in Columbia Bay. We saw a lot of Sea Otters, Harbor Seals and many birds and ducks.

Columbia Bay

Columbia Bay

Doesn't get much cuter than this, Columbia Bay

Doesn’t get much cuter than this, Sea Otter in Columbia Bay

Look at that blue ice! There’s nothing else like it in the world!

Enjoying the ice in Columbia Bay

Enjoying the ice in Columbia Bay

Gorgeous view of Columbia Bay

Gorgeous view of Columbia Bay

Beautiful iceberg

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Anyone who has witnessed the beauty of Columbia ice will tell you that the photos and videos don’t do the scenery justice. You really have to come out here to experience it! Paddling around ice is one of my favorite things to do, so I can’t help myself to post lots of photos of icebergs. They’re all so uniquely mesmerizing.

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From Heather and Columbia Bays we paddled south to the north side of Glacier Island, where we spent a peaceful night, looking back at Columbia Bay and the Chugach Mountains beyond. We also witnessed many Humpback whales fluking. It got to the point where I heard someone say, “Oh, it’s just another whales’ tail.” I could watch that all day long and never get bored.

In the morning just before bidding farewell to Susanne and Matthias (who had to return a day earlier than the rest of us) we woke up to a blue-bird sky and decided to take the opportunitiy for a lovely hike up the hillside. We were gifted with this magnificant view, where we could see both to the north (into Columbia Bay) and the south. We had a photo shoot at the top and spent an hour basking in the stillness and tranquility of our surroundings.

View from our hike on Glacier Island

View from our hike on Glacier Island

Dennis, Elaine and I continued around to the south side of Glacier Island, a rugged and exposed coastline with steep vertical rockfaces, caves and an expansive view of Prince William Sound.

South side of Glacier Island

South side of Glacier Island

Caves on the south side of Glacier Island

Caves on the south side of Glacier Island

Oh and did I mention hundreds of Sea Lions. .  The south side of Glacier Island is full of them.

Sea Lion, Glacier Island

Sea Lion, Glacier Island

Sea Lions at their haul-out

Sea Lions at their haul-out

That night we enjoyed a fire on the beach, as Sea Lions cruised by repeatedly to ensure we were staying out of trouble.

Sunset on the south side of Glacier Island

Sunset on the south side of Glacier Island

A curious Sea Lion checking up on us

A curious Sea Lion checking up on us

On pick-up day we completed our journey of the entire south side of Glacier Island, and rounded the point back to the north side. We enjoyed one final extremely close encounter with a mother Harbor Seal and her newborn pup. Paddling out of Jackson Cove we just happened to be in the right place at the right time and witnessed this mother nursing her newborn. We watched in silent awe this special moment, which none of us will soon forget.

Mother Harbor Seal nursing her newborn pup

Mother Harbor Seal nursing her newborn pup

I will leave you with that incredible image to inspire you to make your Alaska trip-of-a-lifetime a reality! The wildlife, ice and breathtaking scenery awaits you. I’m waiting for you also:) Check out all of our camping trip and day trip options. Give us a call or an email and book a trip today! We’ll see you soon.

 

 

Sea Kayaking & Camping Adventure: Sawmill Bay to Shoup Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska

Checking out the beautiful coastline

Checking out the beautiful coastline

Hello adventurers! This is Ilene, back for my fifth summer of sea kayak guiding for Anadyr Adventures. I love this place so much! That’s why I keep coming back. Take a look at our photos and videos and you’ll see why. Then book a trip with us and experience the magic for yourself!

This post is from our first camping trip of the 2016 season. May is such a lovely time to paddle here. A huge thank you to Aaron and Amelia for being out there with me, experiencing the tranquility and beauty of Prince William Sound.

The beauty of Sawmill Bay

The beauty of Sawmill Bay

This camping trip takes you out for three days of exploration and paddling along the coastline between peaceful Sawmill Bay, into Shoup Bay State Marine Park, where you can paddle up to the face of Shoup Glacier, and then back into the port of Valdez.

Aaron and Amelia enjoying a waterfall

Aaron and Amelia enjoying a waterfall

The hike from our campsite to the tranquility of Devish Lake

The hike from our campsite to the tranquility of Devish Lake

Sawmill Bay

Sawmill Bay

Port of Valdez

Port of Valdez

Any time on the water here offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with marine wildlife, such as Sea Otters, Harbor Seals and Whales! We were fortunate enough to spend some time with the latter. Here is a cool video of a Humpback Whale that we followed for about 1.5 hours in the Port of Valdez. It’s not every day that you get to say that! (click on the words “Humpback Whale” to see our close encounter with this whale.)

A Sea Star holding on the rocks

A Sea Star holding onto the rocks

For most, our trips will be the first time that people paddle up to the face of a large glacier, such as Shoup Glacier.

The face of Shoup Glacier

The face of Shoup Glacier

Shoup Bay is home to a large Black-Legged Kittiwake (a small Seagull) rookery, which offers you an up-close glimpse into the exciting life of this active bird. There are many other types of birds and ducks that you can see, including Bald Eagles, Loons and Black Oystercatchers.

Paddling alongside a large Black-Legged Kittiwake Rookery in Shoup Bay

Paddling alongside a large Black-Legged Kittiwake Rookery in Shoup Bay

Contact Anadyr Adventures (and stop in to visit us if you’re in Valdez) for more information on our exciting camping trips and day trips!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing the Anadyr Adventures Kayak Guides for 2015!

Here’s the crew for 2015! We’re all super excited to take you out kayaking amongst icebergs, Sea Otters, Sea Lions, Arctic Terns, Bald Eagles, Humpback Whales, and into ice caves and ice tunnels. We’re also excited to drink hot chocolate with you on top of glaciers, pick cranberries and blueberries, hike in old-growth forests, paddle into waterfalls, and watch Salmon swim up streams. Who will be YOUR guide?!

From left to right: Cal (helping you in the office), KC, Kira, Goose, Rhane, Bagel, Jared, and Ilene. (Not shown: Kyle and Matt)

Ready to take you kayaking!

Ready to take you kayaking!

 

Valdez Glacier Kayak and Hike Trips are open for the season!

Valdez Glacier is open for the season! Woohoo!

Valdez Glacier is open for the season! Woohoo!

Our Valdez Glacier Kayak and Hike trip is one of the coolest experiences to have in Valdez, Alaska. Actually, this trip is one of the coolest experiences that you’ll ever have! Explore ice like you’ve never imagined before!

Getting up-close-and-personal with an iceberg!

Getting up-close-and-personal with an iceberg!

Super cool ice tunnel!

Super cool ice tunnel!

Beautiful ice!

Beautiful ice!

The face of Valdez Glacier

The face of Valdez Glacier

Behold!

Behold!

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Geology lesson on the glacier

Geology lesson on the glacier

Paddling through the ice

Paddling through the ice

Soo smooth. . Soo blue. .

Soo smooth. . Soo blue. .

Our First Week of Columbia Glacier Sea Kayaking Day Trips! Come Join Us in Valdez, Alaska!

Your guide!

Your guide!

Hello! This is Ilene. I’m so excited to be back in Valdez, Alaska, after an adventurous winter of ski touring and hotspringing in Idaho and Colorado, and scuba diving and sea kayak guiding in warmer climes. Now I’m back amongst the iceburgs, Sea Otters, Arctic Terns, and glaciers of my favorite place in the world. . Prince William Sound, Alaska! I (and my fellow kayak guides) will be posting photos and updating this blog frequently, so check us out throughout the summer to follow our adventures, and post some comments! We love to hear from you!

While the new kayak guides were on their training trip, I held down the fort (somebody had to work around here!) and had a full week of Columbia Glacier day trips. Here are a few photos from the week. Enjoy them, and we hope to see you soon!

Happy paddlers & glassy conditions

Happy paddlers & glassy conditions

Lunch with a view!

Lunch with a view!

Iceburg reflected in Columbia Bay

Iceburg reflected in Columbia Bay

Iceburg reflected in Columbia Bay

Iceburg reflected in Columbia Bay

Columbia Glacier & The Chugach Mountains

Columbia Glacier & The Chugach Mountains

This could be you!

This could be you!

Black-Legged Kittiwakes

Black-Legged Kittiwakes

Beautiful waterfall and Sitka Spruce forest

Beautiful waterfall and Old-Growth Sitka Spruce Forest

We love kayaking!

We love kayaking!

Jump shot!!

Jump shot!!

I couldn’t resist capturing this moment:

Proud parents capture their daughter's expert jump shot!

Proud parents capture their daughter’s expert jump shot!

Sharing a joyous moment, overlooking Columbia Bay

Sharing a joyous moment, overlooking Columbia Bay

First time standing next to an iceburg!

First time standing next to an iceburg!

Enjoying an afternoon snack of seaweed!

Enjoying an afternoon snack of seaweed!

Have you paddled this close to an iceburg before?

Have you paddled this close to an iceburg before?

SO, COME KAYAKING WITH US. . . . OR ELSE I’LL COME AFTER YOU!

Raaarrrrrrrr!!!!

Raaarrrrrrrr!!!!

 

9-Day Epic Camping Trip from Meares to Columbia Glaciers!

I’ll start out by saying that this was one of the most epic trips that I have ever been on, let alone was fortunate enough to guide! Thanks to two amazing paddlers, kindred spirits and expedition companions, Brandt and Antony! Epic, by definition, is heroic, majestic, impressively great, spectacular, awesome, of unusually great extent. I’d say that these are all accurate descriptors of this 9-day kayak expedition. Let me share some of the highlights with you. . .

Day 1: We started our journey about 40 miles west of Valdez, in beautiful sunshine, at Miners Bay, in Unakwik Inlet. We paddled a whopping 2 miles, hiked up a river to check out Miners Lake, and stopped for some kayak fishing.

Fishing in the sunshine

Fishing in the sunshine

A walk upriver to check out a beautiful lake

A walk upriver to check out a beautiful lake


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