|Andrea photographs Aialik Glacier in the distance as passengers come to shore from the Wild Lander|
|The path to the lodge|
|This phenomenon fascinated me every day.|
|The spectacular view of Pedersen Lagoon and Pedersen Glacier from the deck behind Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge|
|The view of the deck and beyond from the back of the lodge|
|Left: The back of the main lodge and the deck. Right: Inside the cozy sitting area of the main lodge.|
|Left: Looking past the end of the boardwalk while standing outside our cabin. Right: The inside of our cabin.|
|Left: The back porch of our cabin. Right: The view from our back porch of Pedersen Glacier.|
Before heading to our cabin, we learned about the various activities that are available and how to sign up for them. Guests are free to take advantage of as many activities as they can fit into their stays, spend time exploring the lodge’s surroundings independently on foot, or simply relax at the lagoon.
We stayed in cabin #2, almost at the end of the row of cabins south of the lodge. The cabin was perfect, and I was so excited about being there that I could barely contain myself. We had a few hours before dinner, which I wanted to spend at the cabin, just taking everything in. With all we had experienced that day during the boat trip here alone (amazing scenery, barely escaping sea-sickness, humpback whales flinging themselves out of the water right in front of us, etc.), I was feeling a little overwhelmed and wanted to just sit and absorb. Andrea, however, felt differently. A couple of the guides were taking canoes out for a leisurely paddle around Pedersen Lagoon with any guests who wanted to join, and she felt that was a better use of our time than sitting in a stupor like I wanted to do. So we went canoeing.
|Canoeing in Pedersen Lagoon|
|Sea otter in Pedersen Lagoon. Photo taken by Andrea.|
Later in the evening, we returned to the dining room for a presentation about the building of the lodge, which was impressive, and we were surprised to learn that it has only been around for a few years. Most nights there is a presentation of some kind for anyone who wants to watch. The night before we arrived, one of the guides gave a presentation about glaciers, which we wished we would’ve seen.
After the presentation, we returned to our cabin to turn in for the night, but I was way too excited to sleep. I laid awake for hours listening to the rain and hatching schemes in my mind to hide in the cabin at the end of the trip and stay there forever.
|The boat dropped us off in Aialik Bay, and we followed a path to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge on Pedersen Lagoon.|
To be continued in: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge - Second Day