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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

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!!!!

 

5-Day Adventure

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Hey guys!  The countdown has begun, only 5 days until we head out on an epic trip from Columbia Glacier to Valdez. This is one of my favorite multi-day routes, with 2 glaciers and miles of beautiful coastline.  We have ONE SPOT AVAILABLE! The trip is fully guided, 5 days and 4 nights, and leaves this FRIDAY, JUNE 14th, 2013

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If you join us, I’ll even do all the cooking.  The menu is top secret at this point, but will include some of my favorite local fusion dishes like this Copper River Red Salmon taco salad.  YUM. 

The trip is $1225 for 5 days of paddling, 5 days of great camp cuisine, and all the gear you need to pull it off.

 

If you would like to come along, please give Anadyr Adventures a call, and tell them you want to join us on the Columbia to Valdez 5-day trip :    1 800 TO KAYAK

Cheers,

Darcie, Anadyr Adventures Guide