Looking for an awesome summer adventure? Wait until enough ice has melted (a safe bet is late July – August) and kayak to Johns Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay, Alaska. The paddling here can be intense, so make sure you know what you’re doing – even if you go with a guide, you should be a reasonably strong paddler. The views are amazing, and you’re likely to have the black sand beach to yourselves. Pitch a tent and stay a night or two. If you’re lucky, you’ll see dozens or hundreds of seals floating on icebergs while listening to the glaciers calve and enjoying short walks on and above the black sand beach. The spot is truly magical.
Featured company of the week: Pathfinder Hikes. Join Dave Holden, New York State DEC Licensed Hiking Guide, for an adventure in the Catskills. While trail hikes are an option, take advantage of his vast knowledge of the area and travel off-trail with him, exploring both the beautiful natural environment as well as learning about the natural and cultural history of the area. Dave leads hikes in the Woodstock area, and his wealth of knowledge ensures that your adventure will be beyond just the physical.
See and learn about ancient cairns and long-abandoned bluestone quarries. Watch and listen for signs of animals. Enjoy the uniqueness of each season.
Adding to your enjoyment of the adventure are Dave’s humor and kindness. You’ll come away from the experience not just with more knowledge and understanding, more appreciation and admiration, but also feeling like you have a new friend.
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Featured company of the week: Arctic Wild. Around since 1998, they provide professionally guided adventure tours in Alaska. Canoeing, backpacking, and rafting are options, as well as base camp wildlife trips, photography trips, and family trips. Choose from one of their group trips or design a private custom one of your own. They also provide support for film and science expeditions throughout Alaska – pretty cool!
Arctic Wild is based in Fairbanks, and they specialize in one – three week adventures in arctic Alaska. Groups are small (1 – 8 people), and saftey is their number one priority in the remote, beautiful, wildlife-rich areas they visit.
Have you traveled with Arctic Wild? Leave a review in the comments below.