(Davidson Glacier - Chilkat Inlet, Haines, Alaska)
After an eventful night dealing with an extreme high tide due to the perigee moon that flooded one of the tents in our group and caused us to move to higher ground at 1:30am, we woke to a beautiful morning. We didn’t seem to be in much of a rush that morning, taking our time with breakfast and packing our kayaks up for the day. To be honest, the details of that morning have already escaped me. Our plan was to paddle across the Chilkat Inlet to the mouth of a creek where we would find a path that would, after about 2 miles of hiking, eventually lead us to the toe of the Davidson Glacier.
At #NOLS, we define #wilderness as a place where #nature is dominant and situations and their consequences are real. Living in these conditions, away from the distractions of modern civilization fosters self-reliance, judgement, respect, and a sense of responsibility for our actions. Photo by Tracy Baynes. Sea Kayaking in Alaska
Very well said. Completely agree.
A few weeks back three college friends and I spent a week in Haines, Alaska with Alaskan Mountain Guides. We spent 3 days sea kayaking in the Chilkat Inlet and 4 days mountaineering in the Flower Mountain area. This is the 2nd of many outdoors trips to come for my college friends and I. Back in May 2011, we spent a little less than a week canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in northern Minnesota. Our plan is to get together at least every third year for an outdoor trip. We’d prefer to get together annually, but with most of us having babies and other family/work obligations, we tried to be realistic with our goals. As it was, it was difficult for guys to take 9 days away from their families and their work. In fact, from the 6 that made the BWCA trip, only 2 made the Alaska trip. I’m hopeful for a better turnout for our next trip…the wheels are turning in my brain as I write this…Tetons, Cascades, Rockies?
After arriving in Juneau on a Friday, we feasted on king crab legs, halibut and chips, and Alaskan Amber, checked out the Mendenhall Glacier, and did a mini bar crawl in downtown Juneau. I had a great time in Juneau, but had my focus set on Haines and the “adventure” ahead.
Albeit slightly faded from our night out in Juneau, we enjoyed our rainy state ferry ride from Juneau to Haines. The trip took about 4.5 hours. We grabbed some breakfast, hid out on the top deck on chaise lounges and scanned the Lynn Canal for wildlife spotting the occasion humpback whale, sea lion and eagle. Our trip was just beginning and the anticipation was building for me. I was fired up to be in Alaska with my friends.
Mother Nature listened and provided some relief to firefighters overnight. Unfortunately, dozens of structures in the area burned, including a couple historic lodges. Many acres of my favorite hiking area, Mount Laguna Recreation Area have burned, but it could have been much worse. Let’s hope Mother Nature continues to cooperate. We’re not out of the woods yet (pun intended)
Fire crews trying to keep the fire east of Sunrise Highway
Looking south near Penny Pines, a favorite trail head.
Photos courtesy of the Union Tribune
I’m totally devastated to learn that the #ChariotFire jumped Sunrise Hwy today and burned some of my favorite #SanDiego County acreage, the Mount Laguna Recreation Area. I wish there was something I could do to help. The forecast doesn’t look good for tomorrow, but hopefully Mother Nature gives the area a break soon.