on October 1, 2011
When we arrived, they had gear ready for us, including boots and rain jackets. That was nice because it kept our usual rain gear from getting smelly from the boats. They shuttled us to the boat harbor, where we caught a water taxi to Ailik Bay. We stopped a few times on the way out to see humpback whales and other wildlife. When we got to the bay, our guide (Joel) set up the kayaks and gear while we watched a black bear nearby.Joel was friendly, skilled and knowledgeable. We enjoyed kayaking and chatting with him as we went. He gave us some refreshers on our paddling since it had been awhile. We were able to get close to a glacier and watch it calving with big chunks of ice falling off into the water. We stopped for lunch near the glacier and were able to walk up for a closer view. Lunch was included. (We had specified our sandwich choices with our reservation.) After lunch, we paddled a bit closer to the glacier to where some melting ice had floated out. Then we had a leisurely paddle back to the pickup site. It was an all around nice day, with lots of sun and great views.Their prices were a bit higher than some of the other outfitters in the area, but we enjoyed getting what was essentially a private guide and the ability to go at our own pace. Adventure 60 North makes an effort to keep its group sizes much smaller than other outfitters.
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