A Whale’s Tale

Photo from www.sarashoemakerlind.com in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Photo from http://www.sarashoemakerlind.com in Kenai Fjords National Park.

What brings you to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground? What fuels your love for this massive 25,000+ square miles of land, river and sea? There are a lot of reasons to fall in love with the Kenai Peninsula. For many, the wildlife alone is what keeps them coming back year after year. From land to sea, you will never run out of wildlife sightings that are hard to believe.

Photo from Sleepyibis.

Photo from Sleepyibis.

When you can get up close and personal with 50 ton humpback whale that stretches nearly 50 feet long and 20 feet wide, it’s easy to feel like you are on another planet. Talk about a *pinch me* moment!

Photo from Daryll Vispo Photography taken in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Photo from Daryll Vispo Photography taken in Kenai Fjords National Park.

And when heading out to fish on the salt surprisingly offers you an epic photo-op, you know you’ve struck gold.

Photo from HOWL Alaska in Homer!

Photo from HOWL Alaska in Homer, AK.

Or when a peaceful day of kayaking through Resurrection Bay in Seward, AK causes a sudden intermission. Hold on tight and enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime adrenaline rush!

Photo from Shawn South with Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking.

Photo from Shawn South with Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking.

You really can’t quite put into words how magical it is to see a whole family of orca’s swimming together. Did you know that orca’s form family units, led by the female, that can stick together for decades.

Photo from Kay White via the National Park Service.

Photo from Kay White via the National Park Service.

Mama orca and her little one just popping up to say hello. ❤

Photo from Kenai Fjords Tours.

Photo from Kenai Fjords Tours.

And if you are looking to visit the Kenai Peninsula for a whale-watching tour, be advised that the (human) visitors aren’t the only ones that enjoy checking out the glaciers. 😉

Photo from Kenai Fjords Tours.

Photo from Kenai Fjords Tours.

And if you are planning to go out fishing on the ocean, there is always a possibility that a massive marine animal might pop in to say hello. 🙂

Photo from The Alaska Life in Seward, AK.

Photo from The Alaska Life in Seward, AK.

So whether you choose to go out on a solo adventure or to join a group of like-minded outdoorsy enthusiasts, we are certain that the Kenai Peninsula will leave you with lasting memories that will make you want to come back time and time again.

Photo from Alaska.org.

Photo from Alaska.org.

Need ideas or any help planning your next adventure to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground? Respond below or call our office directly. Happy planning and happy travels! 🙂

Photo from Alaska.org.

Photo from Alaska.org.

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Five Things Friday

Photo Credit: Chuck Ashley‎

Photo Credit: Chuck Ashley‎

Because we believe that every Friday should be celebrated (or every single day for that matter), we collected five fun photos to make you smile today and through the weekend.

Photo from Alaska Outdoors Television Facebook Page

Photo from Alaska Outdoors Television Facebook Page

No matter what is going on in your life or how stressful your week was, there are always a lot of reasons to celebrate life and to be grateful for the things around you.

Photo Credit: Phil Pringle

Photo Credit: Phil Pringle

Living on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground we certainly do not have a shortage of beautiful things to experience, amazing wildlife to view in their natural environment or great people offering warm hospitality to keep us feeling incredibly appreciative.

Photo Credit: Frank Keller‎

Photo Credit: Frank Keller‎

#1: Amazing sunrises. Living on Alaska’s Playground makes it easy for us to get up early and soak life in. This, dear friends, is hard to resist. ❤

Photo Credit: Cole Chase Photography

Photo Credit: Cole Chase Photography

#1(.5): Amazing sunsets. A plane, a mountain and the perfect blend of soft and vibrant colors. Alaska… take me away!

Photo Credit: Sue Heazlett‎

Photo Credit: Sue Heazlett captures Mt. Redoubt at sunset perfectly from Nikiski, AK‎

#2: Incredible wildlife right out our backdoor (literally). Apparently this active moose thinks the grass is greener on the other side of the fence… 😉

Photo Credit: Phil Pringle

Photo Credit: Phil Pringle

#3: Incredible wildlife wandering all throughout the town. Not to mention the beautiful fall colors. Now c’mon, this is is pretty epic. This stoic caribou was passing by Kenai River Brewing Company in Soldotna, AK. Apparently a little too early in the morning to grab a brew. 😉

Photo Credit: Kenai River Brewing Company

Photo Credit: Kenai River Brewing Company

#4: Your everyday hike, elevated. Experiencing a beautiful waterfall just outside of Anchor Point, AK is so much MORE with the crisp fall air and the lasting colors of the season in the background. Need an excuse to get outside this weekend? Here you go.

Photo Credit: Carrie Kegler‎

Photo Credit: Carrie Kegler‎

#5: Seeing proof that you can weather the storm and that if you make it through the rain, there will be rainbows and sunnier skies. A great metaphor for life, especially on a Friday! The picture below captures this perfectly. It is also very representative of fall in Alaska. It can be raining and stormy and then sun-shining with beautiful skies all within a few hours. Tip: always wear layers.

Photo Credit: Jim Deuter taken on Skilak Lake Road‎

Photo Credit: Jim Deuter taken on Skilak Lake Road‎

And because we are pretty much obsessed with the crystal clear blue water, fall colors and snow on the mountains… we leave you with this stunning photo below. If that doesn’t inspire you to get outside and explore, we don’t know what will. 🙂 Have a great weekend, friends!

Photo Credit: Dwayne Parton

Photo Credit: Dwayne Parton

Hike, ATV, Sightsee in the Caribou Hills

Photo Credit: kb7q.blogspot.com

Photo Credit: kb7q.blogspot.com

The Caribou Hills (or as locals say, “the hills”) is a popular year-round recreation area on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. This vast area is located just 50 mils south of Kenai and Soldotna, 25 mils north of Homer and 15 miles east of Ninilchik.

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The Caribou Hills features miles of old seismographic trails left over from the 1960’s and the early oil exploration days in Alaska.

Photo from cariboulodgealaska.com

Photo from cariboulodgealaska.com

The Caribou Hills offer excellent areas for the entire family to get out and enjoy a day of hiking. You can drive right up into the hills and many trails are easily accessible right out of your door.

Photo from Bing.com "Caribou Hills Alaska" search

Photo from Bing.com “Caribou Hills Alaska” search

The hills are very popular amongst the ATV’ers…

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Photo from commanderforums.org

But be warned, if you are going to head up to the hills with your ATV this time of year, be prepared for mud and lots of it.

Photo from Rider Planet USA

Photo from Rider Planet USA

Snowmobiling (or “snow-machining” as the locals call it) is a very popular sport during the winter months.

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Photo from redoubtreporter.wordpress.com

The wildlife viewing can also be exceptional in the Caribou Hills.

Photo from alaskaantlerworks.com

Photo from alaskaantlerworks.com

Many locals and visitors alike also own recreational cabins in the Caribou Hills so that they can come out for some fun and stay awhile while they are at it!

Photo from kb7q.blogspot.com

Photo from kb7q.blogspot.com

So whether you go out for the day or decide to stay a while… just make sure you go to the Caribou Hills as soon as possible.

Photo from alaskaantlerworks.com

Photo from alaskaantlerworks.com

It is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year, but it is extra special with the colors of the fall season spread across the mountainside. Happy travels, friends!