2016 – Juneau Area Sea Kayak

In May 2016 I (Manrico) did a sea kayak trip with our old friend Kirstie and her friends Karen, Kate, and Brian. Unfortunately Liz could not come on this trip. Perhaps that was for the best. Liz may have felt out of place since all the other women had names beginning with “K”.

I flew to Whitehorse, Yukon to meet the others who all live there. We drove two hours to Skagway, Alaska where we took a ferry to Juneau. From there we charted a water taxi for a one hour ride to Oliver Inlet on Admiralty Island. Then it was a one hour portage on a tramway to the head of Seymour Canal.

That’s a lot of travel for a few days of paddling but all of it, right from Whitehorse, was very scenic and part of the holiday. The travel part that we were taking for granted is the main part of many tourists’ holidays.

We paddled for five days in Seymour Canal spending three nights at one campsite on Windfall Island. The last night was a scenic campsite on the way back.

We had amazing viewings of Alaskan Brown Bears at the Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary. We also had close-up encounters with Humpback Whales on four of the five days we paddled. All of those experiences were truly special.

Following is a video and a slide show of our trip. You can see the video in full screen view and higher resolution by pressing the buttons on the lower right. The video has no sound.

Now the slideshow. Press the white button on the top right to get a full screen view. You can have the slideshow play automatically or you can scroll through the pictures yourself by clicking on either side of the pictures. You can also scroll through the pictures by using the left/right arrow keys on your keyboard.