My Top 10 US States

Since checking off travelling to all 50 US states last year, I get asked a lot what my favourite states are? That’s a pretty tough question! So, based off my overall travel experiences here goes. Firstly, generally people are friendly everywhere and each of the 50 US states has something special to offer but for…

More Puffins!

The Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward on the Kenai Peninsula has quite a number of Horned and Tufted Puffins that you can get up very close to in the Seabird Habitat section of The Rocky Coast Gallery. This gallery has the deepest seabird pool in the United States at 6.4 metres deep (21 feet) holding…

Puffins!

These little birds are beyond cute. Two species of Puffin live in the Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, the Tufted and Horned Puffin. What’s the difference? The Tufted Puffin is heavier and has white feathers on its face with a colorful beak and two tufts of yellow feathers atop its head. The Horned Puffin has, not surprisingly, a fleshy…

Wolves of the Sea III

The Orca of the Kenai Fjords, Deadly hunters one and all, Yet as family oriented and caring as any human being, They are just as curious of us, as we are of them… I can tell you from personal experience it is a fantastic experience to see wild Orca and it is an amazing experience when…

Wolves of the Sea II

Cruising the scenic waters of the Kenai Fjords National Park and seeing a small pod of Orca’s (Killer Whales) was a real highlight of my trip to Alaska. The Orca is a deadly hunter, yet such a magnificent, sleek and beautiful looking creature.  First seeing that unmistakable tall dorsal fin protrude from the water’s surface does not fail to bring a…

Kenai Fjords National Park: Stellar Sea Lions

Kenai Fjords National Park offers an amazing abundance of wildlife viewing. Marine mammals are no exception. The Stellar Sea Lion (Eumetopias Jubatus) is the largest of the eared seals. These things are truly massive! A female is about seven feet in length and weighs about 279 kg / 600 pounds. Males are much bigger at around nine feet…

The Humpbacks of Kenai Fjords National Park – Part I

Take a day boat trip into the Kenai Fjords National Park from Seward, Alaska and you are bound to see whales out there in that amazing scenery. During my time in that part of Alaska I saw a number of Humpback whales in separate pods. This was the first group I saw in the national park….

Alaskan Glaciers III: Aialik Glacier

Whilst in Seward, Alaska I really wanted to do a day boat cruise into the Kenai Fjords National Park to see the beautiful scenery, glaciers and of course the abundant wildlife including birds, seals, whales and more. Unfortunately, despite being summer, for a number of days the weather was atrocious on the Kenai Peninsula with heavy rain, strong winds and…

Alaskan Glaciers II: Hiking to Exit Glacier

A cold, wet Alaskan day. What better thing to do than hike up to Exit Glacier in the Kenai Mountains right near the town of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. The glacier is part of the Harding Icefield which covers 1,813 square kilometres / 700 square miles of these mountains. The name of the glacier arose…

Alaskan Glaciers I: Portage Glacier

The first Alaskan glacier I went to was Portage Glacier. This one can be found on the Kenai Peninsula, not far from Anchorage and is unique in that it flows into a lake (Portage Lake). You can take a boat out on the lake to get up close to the glacier. It was a cold, wet and bleak day during…

A Summer’s Journey to the Alaskan Arctic Circle

So what exactly is at the edge of the Arctic Circle in Alaska? Not much really, apart from nice views. The road journey to get there on the other hand is an adventure in itself and the experience of saying you have been there is just one of those things some of us have to do! On my…