Another float on the Kenai

Another float on the Kenai

Not too long ago, I posted a note about floating the Kenai River with some colleagues.  I took another float down the river; this time, a slightly shorter route and with family.  As before, the weather cooperated nicely, and we had some rather nice luck with the wildlife.  Rather than taking our own boats, we went for the full-on guided river trip option, courtesy of the good folks at the Kenai Riverside Lodge operated by Alaska Wildland Adventures.  I was first introduced to Alaska Wildland Adventures in the autumn of 2001, when I went on a trip to the Denali Backcountry Lodge, located at the end of the Denali park road in Kantishna.  I have been to DBL several times over the years, including two visits as a guest presenter.  I have also been to the Riverside Lodge many times; it was the place I took Michelle on our first “away” date.  Needless to say, I think that Alaska Wildland Adventures offers some of the best service, best facilities, and best food available for adventure travel in Alaska.  For our float on the Kenai this time, they did not disappoint.

Aside from seeing the pleasure on the faces of my dad, stepmother and nephew Daniel as they enjoyed their first-ever float down an Alaskan river, the highlight of the trip was seeing a pair of double-crested cormorants.  I had never seen them before, and was not aware that they came so far inland.  My only previous experience had been with a cluster of Pelagic cormorants out on a rock in Prince William Sound.  Of course, I also have to note that the other treat of the trip was that it did not rain on us.  Given the record rainfall we have had in southcentral Alaska this summer, particularly Anchorage, it was quite a treat to spend a day without rain.

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