16 Majestic Moments From 2016 On The Kenai

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PC: Courtney Stanley

The time has come and gone and we’ve officially said goodbye to 2016 on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. From season to season we were absolutely spoiled last year with the most epic displays of raw nature, adorable wildlife, magical mountains and glistening glacier views. We enjoyed every second of our peaceful ‘off season’ months and welcomed visitors from all around the world with arms wide open during the summer months. Here is a collection of some of our most memorable moments from the year as shared through the eyes and camera lenses of our loyal, loving fans and followers. With that being said, we are ready to make 2017 better than ever and can’t wait to share the journey with all of you, every step of the way. Wishing all of our friends out there a safe and Happy New Year!

PC: Renee Gilbert Photography

PC: Renee Gilbert Photography

1 – We started January off with this incredible photo of a sow and her cub enjoying some private time on the beach at Naknek Lake in Katmai National Park. It’s impossible not to fall in love with that adorable baby face staring right at you!

PC: Ian Stotesbury

PC: Ian Stotesbury

2 – February brought us so much more than just sweet nothings during Valentines Day. This phenomenal aerial view overlooking Cooper Landing left us utterly breathless. That turquoise blue color was enough certainly eye-candy to get us through the rest of the winter.

PC: Patrick Thun

PC: Patrick Thun

3 – When late February rolled around and we got a glimpse of this adorable photo of two young girls eating breakfast while a moose peeked inside, our hearts about exploded. This is pure joy and happiness in a single photo.

PC: Jeremiah Frye

PC: Jeremiah Frye

4 – When March finally rolled around after a long winter, everyone fell in love with this iconic sign. To us, this represents a one-way ticket to the very best place to be in all of the Last Frontier!

PC: Prentis T. (Tom) Keener, Jr.

PC: Prentis T. (Tom) Keener, Jr.

5 – Late March spoiled us with this enchanting nighttime view overlooking the Homer Spit. We are so enchanted by the way that the lights reflect into the shores of Kachemak Bay and the way that the mountains jolt up into the air thousands of feet above sea level.

PC: Carl Knutson

PC: Carl Knutson

6 – A foggy April evening in Homer turned into a very alluring photo shoot when the clouds covered the low ceiling with bits of the sun sporadically peaking through.

PC: Lynn Anderson

PC: Lynn Anderson

7 – One of the most magical moments in May came when a full moon was spotted at sunrise overtop of a fishing vessel in Kachemak Bay out of Homer, Alaska. Again with that spectacular reflection!

PC: Joshua Stills

PC: Joshua Stills

8 – June is always a special month on The Kenai because it marks the official start of summer. This photo of a few happy outdoorsmen floating the upper Kenai River definitely gave us fishing fever!

PC: Double Haul Fly Fishing

PC: Double Haul Fly Fishing

9 – When the fireweed was in full bloom in July, we were at a complete loss for words. I mean c’mon now! This is one of the most incredible sights in the entire world. The mountains in the background add a lovely dimension to the overall setting as well.

PC: Laurel Bill Author

PC: Laurel Bill Author

10 – This August photo of two moose smooching shared by Summit Lake Lodge in Moose Pass made us almost explode with happiness. These wild creatures are simply stunning when observed in their natural element.

PC: Summit Lake Lodge

PC: Summit Lake Lodge

11 – When September rolled around, this rare photo of the Alaska Railroad, a boat pulling a fishing boat and a black bear lounging in a tree had us screaming with amazement. This just might be the most ‘only in Alaska’ moment of the year. Incredible!

PC: Channel 2 Weather Team by Satrina Lord

PC: Channel 2 Weather Team by Satrina Lord

12 – Not only did October spoil us with stunning views of fall foliage, but this picture-perfect shot of a bull moose jumping across a chain length fence to join the other neighborhood moose was completely jaw-dropping. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

PC: Phil Pringle

PC: Phil Pringle

13 – Summertime might be when the rest of the world prefers to visit Alaska’s Playground, but we think the winter months are our best kept secret. This winter wonderland shot overlooking the Kenai River at the Russian River Confluence in Cooper Landing is our proof of that.

PC: Courtney Stanley

PC: Courtney Stanley

14 – The cutest (and most ‘liked’) picture from November came when these two absolutely adorable reindeer baby reindeer came trotting across our computer screen. It is impossible to deny that this picture is the cutest thing you’ve seen all winter!

PC: The Meta Picture

PC: The Meta Picture

15 – We couldn’t get enough of this adorable spring bear cub after he got all muddy playing with his two siblings in the tidal flats of Cook Inlet. Is your heart melting? Ours is too!

PC: Lisa Aikenhead

PC: Lisa Aikenhead

16 – Last but FAR from least is this majestic photo from our neighbors in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan. Sunsets like this are truly a force to be reckoned with.

PC: Carlos Rojas

PC: Carlos Rojas

Wishing all of your friends, fans and followers a safe and happy 2017! Be sure to put a visit to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground at the tippy top of your bucket list this year. We know you won’t regret it!

The Best Breakup Of Your Life

Photo shared from cutterlight.com

Photo shared from cutterlight.com

If you are from Alaska, you know exactly what we are talking about. If you aren’t… well, were talking about a little thing that happens right after you contract that horrible illness known as spring fever.

Photo from Flickr/capt_tain Tom

Photo from Flickr/capt_tain Tom

And because it’s contagious, you spread the illness to all of your friends…

Photo from Flickr/JGS Concepts

Photo from Flickr/JGS Concepts

Breakup season is the time when Alaska slowly starts to unthaw from the cold, frozen winter months.
Photo from Brian Moore

Photo from Brian Moore

Parking lots everywhere turn into a slushy mess.
Photo from Flickr/Sandor Weisz

Photo from Flickr/Sandor Weisz

And the side of the road isn’t exactly the prettiest sight to behold. Okay, maybe they are still pretty in a “rugged Alaska life” kind of way.
Photo from Flickr/Dan Logan

Photo from Flickr/Dan Logan

Oh and your vehicle? Don’t even bother with a car wash for the next two months.
If you recently moved to Alaska, you aren’t officially inducted into the “resident” club until you’ve made it through a full winter AND a hard breakup. Don’t worry, the more you go through – the easier it gets.
Your backyard will be filled with even more unexpected visitors than usual (and you love it.)
Photo from The Alaska Life

Photo from The Alaska Life

And as we start to come out of our winter hibernation… so do those other things that hibernate. Surprise!
Photo shared from The Alaska Life

Photo shared from The Alaska Life

Being sure to always be prepared with a “layering system” is crucial during breakup season.
Photo from Flickr/ChrissyJ

Photo from Flickr/ChrissyJ

And you can’t leave home without wearing your fanciest pair of rubber boots.
Photo from vettieg.wordpress.com

Photo from vettieg.wordpress.com

But although breakups are not very fun, waking up early to catch a spring sunrise is always the best medicine.
Photo from Flickr/Young Juan

Photo from Flickr/Young Juan

Or having a little night cap with an Alaskan backdrop? Yeah that’s not to shabby either.
Photo from Flickr/Dan Logan

Photo from Flickr/Dan Logan

Breakups are always hard. But brighter days are to come. Here’s a sneak preview…
Photo from Debbie Tubridy

Photo from Debbie Tubridy

Okay and one more…
Photo from Kalyan Peri

Photo from Kalyan Peri

Are you ready yet? Summer will be here in no time!
Photo from Alaska River's Company

Photo from Alaska River’s Company

Our favorite way to rebound from a hard breakup (season) is by dreaming of warm summer days and midnight sun. One thing is for sure, no matter what season it is… it sure is a beautiful life on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground! Do you have any telltale ways of rebounding from a breakup in Alaska? Share with us below!
Photo from Cecil Sanders Photography

Photo from Cecil Sanders Photography