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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What to Do in Valdez-Trails to explore

Lush, scenic and well maintained trails provide ample opportunity to fill in the gaps between  tours during your Valdez visit.  Pack a lunch and make a day out of catching some of these trails and you will surely understand why we live in and explore this special little mountain town.  Whether adventuring by foot or bicycle, the office staff at Anadyr is happy to suggest appropriate trails for your group and time frame.  Stop by any day of the week!

An Easy 20 minutes. The trail head is located just at the end of Norht Harbor Drive, right in town!

Easy with a great view of the east end of Valdez Bay. The trail head is located just at the end of North Harbor Drive (just passing our shop) right in town!

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Columbia Glacier Day Trip 6/20/14

On a day with a forecast of “100% chance of rain” we enjoyed hours of paddling, a sun that peeked through a cloudy sky, stunning sights and sounds, and a great guided tour of Columbia Glacier. This trip is not to be missed during a Valdez visit!!

Our day started with a lovely scenic cruise through the magnificent Prince William Sound.  Aboard the Alcyon, I was able to snap a few shots of some pretty up close and personal Humpback whale watching by those on fellow Anadyr water taxi, the Bluff Watch.

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