Multi-sportin’ it ~ Kayaking & Skiing Blackstone Bay

21 06 2012

We’ve been scheming for years to do a combo kayak/ski trip. This definitely seemed like the year to do it with the colossol amount of snow we still have. And the good news is my ski boots fit perfectly in a 20 liter dry bag in my back hatch!

The crew. Eva, Dan, and Sabrina dorking it up.

We headed out in the rain Friday for what I expected to be another soggy weekend in Prince William Sound. Luckily, I was wrong, and the gloom and doom clouds and rain turned into another amazing (and mostly sunny!) weekend in PWS. 🙂

Cool ice in front of the Beloit Glacier.


Sabrina is all smiles with the change in the weather.

Eva and Dan.

Eva and Dan.

An Extratuff approach.

Sabrina skiing the summer snow, which suprisingly was pretty good.

This was our compromise to getting two pairs of skis on the tandem. We  put my skis up front and Sabrina’s skis in the middle. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get her skis on back without them interferring with the rudder. Luckily, it wasn’t too long of a paddle from 17 mile beach to where we skiied.

We lucked out with calm waters in Blackstone. It wasn’t until we got close to Decision Point that we got a little bit of wind, but the waves and chop really picked up. It seemed like waves were coming from about five directions. We camped at Squirrel Cove and the next morning woke up to sunny skies and calm waters in Passage Canal.

Love my view.

 On our way back to Whittier, Dan sneaking in a beer while Eva paddles. Pure winning! 🙂

Roadtrip to Dawson City

6 06 2012

With the weather in Alaska wet and soggy, naturally we headed to Canada for some warmth and sun 🙂

My five day kayak trip over Memorial Day weekend got canceled at the last minute, so I called my old friend Mitch, and we were off to Dawson City the next morning! We had a pretty stacked weekend…. between gambling and the can can show, panning for gold, exploring the paddle boat graveyard and  the 4×4 dirt roads of the Yukon, and I even got my packraft out on the Yukon!

I love all the historic buildings and wooden sidewalks……

View of Dawson City and the Yukon River from Midnight Sun Dome.

We found these strange bird houses everywhere along the Bonanza Creek Road. Apparently a gold miner put these up to attract swallows, who in turn eat the pesty mosquitos, that are plentiful in the area. It seems to work.

If quartz was worth something we’d be rich! Mitch panning for gold in Bonanza Creek at Claim 33.

Paddle boat on the Yukon.

The coolest find in Dawson City-The Paddleboat Graveyard. There are what is left of seven paddleboats here. Four of them, including this one, the “Seattle”, are pretty much right on the banks of the Yukon.

Three of the paddle boats are 100 ft +/- in the woods.

Yummy steaks and the camping to ourselves……our fire on the banks of the Yukon near 40 Mile River.

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