|Maps at the bottom of the post.|
After breakfast we prepared for our first official adventure at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge: a half-day trip to Pedersen Glacier. We met our guide on the porch of the main lodge, where all of the gear is kept and guests are properly outfitted. An assortment of life vests hangs on one side of the porch, and rubber rain boots in various sizes stand in neat rows on shelves on the other side. There are bins holding dry bags and spray skirts for kayaking, and benches for people to sit, try on gear, and organize everything they need. Once our small group was ready, wearing appropriately sized PFDs and rubber boots to protect against rain and mud, we walked around the side of the lodge and down to the shore of Pedersen Lagoon where a large canoe waited.
|Looking back toward the lodge from the other side of Pedersen Lagoon|
|Hiking toward Pedersen Glacier|
|Not a volcano despite appearances|
|Sea otters in Pedersen Lagoon. Photo by Andrea.|
|Mountains along Addison Lake|
Addison Lake was a draw for both people and animals at this time because salmon were spawning in its shallow water. This attracted bears and eagles that fed on the salmon, and in turn afforded us the potential to see a variety of wildlife. The lake was dead quiet except for the occasional splash of salmon, seen in clusters near shore all around the lake. Mountains rose up all around us, some streaked with streams of water from melting snow and ice at their peaks.
|Spawning salmon in Addison Lake|
|Black bear walking in the rain along the shore of Addison Lake|
|Harbor seal in Addison Lake|
And with that thought…
To be continued in Part Six: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge - Third Day
Maps of this day's activity:
|Approximate travel routes to Pedersen Glacier and Addison Lake|