November 8, 2013
For many of us on the mainland, our faraway friends in Hawaii and Alaska can be a bit of a mystery. Both states seem so beautiful, yet so secluded. Not that it’s a popularity contest, but many people seem to be more drawn to Hawaii than (what many perceive as) icy, frigid Alaska. The truth is that Alaska is one of the natural gems of the US and is filled with unbelievable wonders like Kachemak Bay.
The Kachemak Bay Wilderness Park offers over 400,000 acres to explore and is filled with mountains, glaciers, forests, and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. It is hard to imagine that something this grand and pristine exists in the US but let’s just say we didn’t get ripped off on that whole Alaska Purchase thing.
Whether you are an animal lover, a nature photographer, or a bird watcher; this park is a dream come true. The area is host to mountain goats, bears, wolves, moose, coyotes, bald eagles, puffins, and more. It is also teeming with marine life and visitors frequently spot otters, seals, whales, and porpoises.
Besides animal spotting, there is a plethora of activities visitors can enjoy at the park like hiking the more than 80 miles of trails, fishing, kayaking, and camping.
Speaking of fishing, if you are a shellfish lover, you will be excited to know that shellfish are extremely abundant here because of currents that keep nutrients in the bay. This allows for greater fertility for the shellfish larva to blossom.
If you are wondering where you could possibly stay on this wildercation; check out the Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge. It has been named one of Forbes Traveler’s “10 best green hotels in America,” along with dozens of other awards. A hydroelectric system operating from a mountain stream provides all the electricity for the lodge. A separate stream also provides all the drinking water as well. Drinking from a mountain stream? No worries about water quality there! Definitely something to include in the postcard home!
Another thing to write home about would is the cuisine. Wild, ocean-run seafood and fresh produce are served at Sadie, some from their own garden. As a passionate seafood lover, that is reason enough for me.
All linens are organic cotton and cleaning supplies are non-toxic and biodegradable. Recycling, a challenge because of their isolated location, is also done at Sadie by collecting as much recyclable material as possible and transporting it to the town of Homer.
Before venturing to a remote destination, be sure to do your own research. The wilderness IS for everyone so long as everyone takes the proper precautions for health and safety. While you may feel like Daniel Boone, the only preparation you might actually have is a few thoroughly watched seasons of Survivor. Trust me, getting lost on a beautiful trail can seem like a scene out of a romantic novel until you meet a large bear or run out of water.
As long as you’re prepared, you can be sure to have the adventure of a lifetime in Kachemak Bay, Alaska and Sadie Cove. You will see natural wonders unknown to most. Be sure to send us a postcard…just try not to make us too jealous!
Photo Credit: Flickr/NOAA photo library, ChrisL_AK, Ruggamuffin Brian