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?!

 

Dressed to raft, Kenai River, Stitch In Alaska, Funk & Weber Designs

Because rafting is all about fashion and looking good . . .

 

After meeting in Anchorage and getting acquainted at Kenai Riverside Lodge in Cooper Landing, Day 2 began with a fashion show*. And rafting.

 

Rafting the Kenai River, Stitch In Alaska, Funk & Weber Designs

Bon voyage! Rafting the Kenai River.

 

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.

 

Stitch In Alaska, Kenai Backcountry Lodge, Funk & Weber Designs

The Feral Stitchers on the porch of Kenai Backcountry Lodge. Stitch In Alaska, 2015. Becky, Cathy, Ruth, Harriet, Paula, Torstein, Jen

 

Kenai Backcountry Lodge is the smallest and most rustic and remote of the three lodges. A tiny stream provides hydroelectric power.

 

Skilak Lake Sunset, Kenai Backcountry Lodge, Stitch In Alaska, Funk & Weber Designs

Skilak sunset. Sigh.

 

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.

 

Skilak Lake Beach Lunch, Stitch In Alaska, Funk & Weber Designs

Beach lunch at Skilak Lake.

 

On Day 3, we toured Skilak Lake, enjoying short walks, stitching on the boat, treasure hunting, and a picnic lunch on the beach.

 

Skilak Glacier View, Russian River Trail, Stitch In Alaska, Funk & Weber Designs

Make jazz hands, everyone! But . . . wait . . . you didn’t make jazz hands. Skilak Glacier in the distance.

 

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 jumping, Stitch In Alaska, Funk & Weber Designs

Go-go-go, little red salmon! Russian River Falls.

 

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.

 

Humpback Whale Breaching, Stitch In Alaska, Funk & Weber Designs

Humpback whale breaching

 

Day 5: We toured Kenai Fjords National Park as we cruised to Glacier Lodge. What a humpback whale show!

 

Walking at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, Stitch In Alaska, Funk & Weber Designs

Strolling to the beach after a morning of stitching.

 

Day 6: Some of us enjoyed stitching by the lagoon and a walk to the outer beach.

 

Fat black bear, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, Stitch In Alaska, Funk & Weber Designs

Now, that’s a fat black bear!

 

Some of us canoed in a nearby lake where black bears feasted on spawning salmon.

 

Becky and Pedersen Glacier, Stitch In Alaska, Funk & Weber Designs

Becky, after her kayak trip. Nice skirt!

 

And some of us went kayaking in Aialik Bay.

 

Sea otters, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, Stitch In Alaska, Funk & Weber Designs

Mom and pup sea otter.

 

Sea otters can be spied in both the bay and the lagoon.

 

Hiking the ridge, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, Stitch In Alaska, Funk & Weber Designs

What a day, eh? Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

 

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.

 

Cathy Hiking, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, Stitch In Alaska

Honestly, it’s just a hike, folks. Right, Cathy?

 

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?

Would you like to come on the next Stitch In Alaska tour? Drop me a line, and I’ll put you on the special mailing list. If that link doesn’t work for you, send a note to mail [AT] funkandweber [DOT] com.

*not really

7 Responses to “Recap: Stitch In Alaska, 2015”

  1. Kathie Brownlee

    I would be interested to hear about your next Stitch in Alaska Tour. Thanks, Kathie Brownlee

    September 30, 2015 @ 10:12 am
  2. Jen

    Got it, Kathie. You’re on The List!

    September 30, 2015 @ 10:28 am
  3. Kate Cook

    would like info on next trip-2016

    September 30, 2015 @ 4:38 pm
  4. Jen

    Roger that, Kate. You’re on The List!

    September 30, 2015 @ 8:23 pm
  5. Beth Giannosa

    Would LOVE some info on the 2016 Alaska event !!

    October 15, 2015 @ 3:18 pm
  6. Jen

    You’re on The List, Beth! I’ll be in touch.

    October 16, 2015 @ 4:20 am
  7. JoAnne Montana

    gReat pictures
    makes me want to see the Norrth

    November 9, 2015 @ 3:52 am

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