Recap: Stitch In Alaska, 2015
The first Stitch In Alaska Tour is on the books and under our belts, a less-than-two-month-old memory. Looking back, I have but one thing to say about it: Can we do it again?!
After meeting in Anchorage and getting acquainted at Kenai Riverside Lodge in Cooper Landing, Day 2 began with a fashion show*. And rafting.
It’s about fifteen miles down the glacier-green Kenai River and another five miles across Skilak Lake to Kenai Backcountry Lodge. Harriet’s keen eye (That’s how you pronounce “Kenai.” See what I did there?) spotted lots of bald eagles.
Kenai Backcountry Lodge is the smallest and most rustic and remote of the three lodges. A tiny stream provides hydroelectric power.
After a long day on the water and a good meal, we were treated to a gorgeous sunset—and a bear with two cubs on the beach. The bear pics aren’t great: It was getting dark.
On Day 3, we toured Skilak Lake, enjoying short walks, stitching on the boat, treasure hunting, and a picnic lunch on the beach.
Day 4: We returned to Kenai Riverside Lodge where half of us relaxed and stitched (the top halves, you know, the parts with hands) while the other half hiked to Russian River Falls (the bottom halves, the parts with feet). (You know I’m joking, right? This is not a zombie tour.)
Red salmon congregate below the falls, rest, and then leap and swim up the falls to the lakes beyond where they spawn before dying. It’s like watching athletes: You really are pulling for them and cheering them on.
Day 5: We toured Kenai Fjords National Park as we cruised to Glacier Lodge. What a humpback whale show!
Day 6: Some of us enjoyed stitching by the lagoon and a walk to the outer beach.
Some of us canoed in a nearby lake where black bears feasted on spawning salmon.
And some of us went kayaking in Aialik Bay.
Sea otters can be spied in both the bay and the lagoon.
Day 7: It was such a gorgeous day, we decided to climb the ridge behind the lodge for a 360-degree view of the surrounding area: Aialik Bay, Aialik Glacier, Pedersen Lagoon, Pedersen Glacier, Addison Lake.
The trail isn’t long and it doesn’t gain a ton of elevation, but it is a little tricky in spots. That’s what ropes and friends are for!
Now, what about the stitching? Isn’t this Stitch In Alaska? Why, yes, yes it is! Stay tuned. Because, really, isn’t this post long enough already?
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