Thursday, July 22, 2010

Alaska Trip Day 10A: Seward Sea Kayaking

I have three blog posts planned for Day 10 of the Alaska Trip; here's the first.

Before we skip town and head back north, we have one more activity in Seward: sea kayaking. We signed up for a three-hour sea kayaking shindig with Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking in Seward for the morning of Saturday, July 3rd. Wooo!

I've done a lot of canoeing, plus a little bit of kayaking on the New River in West Virginia some 15 years ago, but this was the first real kayaking I've ever done. So, maybe it's a good thing that the kayaks were two seaters and that Amber volunteered to "drive". Here's her view:

Going in, my main concern was that we would be in a group with many highly experienced kayakers, and that we would be holding the group up. But that wasn't the case at all - if anything, the rest of the group held us up. I guess that makes sense. If you're a highly experienced kayaker (is that a word?), chances are you have your own kayak. This tour was all novices.

According to the tour guides, normally in the morning, the water is "like glass". Not this morning! It started out somewhat smooth, but the seas became very rough towards the end of the tour, much more so than pictured here.

That's fine, though, because we can handle it. As far as we're concerned, the waves added to the fun! (The two of us apparently make a really good kayaking team. Who knew?) Only problem with the conditions was that we probably didn't make it as far down Resurrection Bay as we might have had the bay been smooth. We might have only gone a mile or two each way.

That's a bald eagle up in the tree there. We also saw several sea otters or seals or something, but they're very difficult to get on camera. They don't stay above water for long.

Part of the reason we went kayaking was to see stuff that you can't see from land.

So...yeah. Kayaking is fun! We'd get our own, if only they weren't so darn expensive.

1 comment:

Spartangoogle said...

I know what you mean about the fear of slowing other people in a group down. When choosing cave and cliff dwelling tours, I tended to underestimate my level of fitness, but found I was in way better shape than about half of the people.