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Ilene Price

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee

Ode to the Fall

Fall is in the air in Valdez, Alaska. Devil club leaves are turning burnt orange, the mornings are crisp, and the blueberries are everywhere. Though the commercial fishing boats are trudging into the harbor, there is still a plethura of salmon in all of the streams. A new guide favorite seems to be pulling into these salmon streams, getting out of the kayaks, and seeing who can catch the slippery salmon in their hands. Our winner this past week was an eight year old boy who caught two! It also seems that with less commercial fishing boats in Valdez Port and Valdez Narrows, the whale sightings are a more common occurance again (like they were in the Spring). Yesterday the boat coming back from the Columbia Glacier trip saw a pod of Orcas hunting Doll Porpoise. Though not witnessed, a frothy pool of blood seemed to indicate a successful kill for the Orcas.   With the seasons change comes these new sights, adventures, and appreciations. Cheers to the stars that are once again appearing in the sky, the guides who are putting a new season of guiding knowledge under their belts, and the brand new T-shirts that we just received a shipment of.

Cheers,

Kira