Category Archives: Day Trips

VALDEZ GLACIER ICE EXPLORATION

Valdez Glacier kayak tours are a unique opportunity to explore glacier ice, paddle around massive icebergs and have a lot of fun on top of the glacier. No experience necessary on this short day tour. Check out what the Valdez Glacier looks like currently, as the ice features can change quite dramatically in a short amount of time.

We had a fun group from Thailand (with one from Jordan and one from Oregon) on the Valdez Glacier yesterday. Even though it was a rainy day, that certainly didn’t stop us from getting groovy on the glacier.

An iceberg ice cave. Look how blue the ice is!

The view from inside the iceberg ice cave

Glacier yoga

Blue ice features on the glacier

Give us a call to book this amazing tour for a unique glacier experience with professional guides.

ANADYR ADVENTURES SEA KAYAKING ALASKA, OPEN FOR THE 28th SEASON

Getting the Family Back Together for the 28th Season: Continuing the Legacy of Anadyr Sea Kayak Guides in Valdez, Alaska

We call it the “anadamily”, and it extends far beyond the current nuclear family of Anadyr guides, office staff and managers. A few weeks ago when I was excitedly anticipating the arrival of the other guides to Valdez, I sent them a message asking, “What are you excited about for the upcoming season?”

Former Guide & Office Queen, Morgan & Sara

Of course, we are all looking forward to the exploratory perks of our employment as sea kayak guides in a state as vast and wild as Alaska. We often comment on having the most beautiful office to go to every day. Yet, what stands out to me more is the mutual feeling of being part of a special family. This season, my sixth, is number three for Bagel, Aidan, Jared, and KC. It’s the second for Mark, Dalton and Denise. Sami is joining the Anadyr team after guiding for a different tour company in Valdez last year. And as far as the extended “anadamily” in the community of Valdez, it’s hard to go anywhere and not run into an anadamily member (former guide, office staff, client, spouse, child, brother-in-law, niece). I happen to live on the same street as a handful of former Anadyr guides, totaling about 20 years of collective guiding. When we speak of their years guiding for Anadyr, I can detect a glimmer in their eyes as they reminisce about Sea Otters, Glacier Island, Valdez Glacier, and camping trips in Prince William Sound.

 

Anadyr Adventures was started in 1989 by Hedy Sarny, the same owner today. . . so that’s a lot of seasons of kayak guides, office staff and managers. Imagine the number of guests who have walked through our doors, been shown how to put a spray skirt on and been handed a paddle to embark on what many describe as a trip-of-a-lifetime. The heart and soul of Anadyr remains the same as it did 28 years ago: a genuine love and admiration for Prince William Sound.

Without further ado I introduce to you the 2017 Anadyr Adventures Sea Kayak Guides:

 BAGEL: I am excited for another season in the mighty Chugach mountains where I have found my peace and connection to this Earth and I hope to share that love with all who come out with us this summer. As the creatures of the Sound migrate back for another season, so do the guides, with enough passion and excitement to fill the ocean. I can not wait to show you our home.

 SAMI: I am incredibly excited to be a part of the Anadyr team this summer! The mountains, the ocean, and the beautiful town of Valdez. I am looking forward to exploring and adventuring in new and familiar places. And of course, introducing folks to the incredible place we call home. 

 DALTON: What I’m most excited for is to be back together with all of the wonderful people that we get to live and work with. I can’t wait to see how the glaciers have changed to again be surrounded by wildlife and ice. I’m looking forward to meeting all of the interesting people who come on our trips, and of course camping trips! I’m so excited to sleep out under the stars next to the rolling waves on the beach, and to climb the mountains up to the hanging glaciers that feed the amazing waterfalls. Valdez is such a magical place.

 JARED: I’m excited for exploring new camping spots, seeing where the glaciers are at and checking in on the whale carcass.

 GOOSE: I’m excited for camping trips, the training trip, seeing all the guides, and spending another summer in the most stunning wilderness.

 KC: Looking forward for everyone to reunite. Can’t wait for endless sun, adventures, icebergs, and softball.

 DENISE (our office queen): I’m excited to see everyone again and just to be back in Valdez.

 MARK: I’m excited to hear the melodious sound of Ilene’s voice.

 

 

ILENE: I’m excited for that warm feeling when I run up the stairs to the Anadyr guide’s apartment, swing open the door and am greeted with an enthusiastic “Ileeeene!!”. . . To wake up to the sound of waves rolling into shore from my cozy sleeping bag on the south side of Glacier Island. . . To notice the subtle changes in the ice at Columbia Glacier. . . To feel that contagious joy when someone sees a Sea Otter for the first time.

 

TASH (honorary Anadamily member): I’m looking forward to seeing you guys the most. And the snow nipped mountains, adventures in the icebergs and karaoke.

 

So get ready for another exciting fun- and adventure-filled summer! Join the growing Anadamily and share your Alaskan experience with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!!!

 

Beautiful Days at Columbia Glacier

 

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I’ve just been out to Columbia Glacier for the first day trips of the season. The sun was shining, there was lots of ice to explore, and a wonderful time was had by all!

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Admit it. . . you wish that you were in this kayak!

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Happy paddlers! Big icebergs!

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Ice that has been left to hang out on the old terminal moraine of Columbia Glacier.

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Along with navigating through lots of ice in Columbia Bay, we also have the opportunity to paddle along the shoreline in Heather Bay, where old-growth Sitka Spruce forests give way to rushing waterfalls like this one.

Posted by Ilene Price on 5/18/2014