Richard and Laura went on a day trip with Adventure 60 North. We took a boat out to the Aialik Bay and kayaked around the bay and near the glacier. The boat, the "Weather or Knot," took several separate groups out to the bay for kayaking. Our guide, Joel, pointed out wildlife from the boat along the way. We saw puffins and a humpback whale and Dall’s porpoise. We saw Stellar sea lions. Joel pointed out features of the geography too.
The boat crew and kayak guides unloaded the kayaks from the boat. While they did that, we walked over to a small rise and watched a black bear in the tall grass not far away.
After a safety briefing, we paddled off the beach and along the shoreline towards the glacier. The weather was fantastic, with mainly sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50’s. We were in a valley with mountains on all sides and a glacier at the end. At the end of the valley, the receding glacier had left a rocky beach that made for an ideal lunch spot. Joel shared some of his excellent homemade smoked salmon. After lunch, we walked down the beach to get a closer view of the glacier with bear spray in hand. We didn’t see any bears, but did get close enough to hear the glacier creaking. When we got back in the kayaks, we continued down the beach for a somewhat closer view of the glacier. The guides keep people from getting too close, because the calving glacier can cause some high waves that can be hazardous for a small boat. From our vantage point, the waves were small and the kayaks handled them easily. Having mainly kayaked in warmer weather climates, it was quite an experience to paddle alongside chunks of ice in the water. We turned around and picked up the pace somewhat to meet the boat for the return trip to Seward.
On the trip back, we made several more stops to observe marine life, including a few more humpbacks. We off-loaded the kayaks and made our way back to the Beach House at Lowell Point. We celebrated our day with dinner at the Crab Pot, an expensive king crab experience that is must-do while in Seward.