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Alaskan Odyssey: Kachemak Bay

KachemakbayI believe it was Edward Abbey who said that “the love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.” In the summer of 2013, our family fled smokey Fairbanks for the lovely town of Homer on the banks of Alaska’s Kachemak Bay. DSC_0119 For most of our lives, we search for paradise and it is always just over the next mountain or another day’s drive away. It’s part of the human spirit to constantly be seeking something better — something tangible that embodies our secret world of dreams — and to never be fully satisfied with what we discover. I’m guessing that many of Alaska’s early settlers felt that way…. except, perhaps, those who first sailed into the Cook Inlet, where nearly unimaginable opulence can be found in the form of snowy mountain ranges, magnificent glaciers, shimmering waters teeming with fish, verdant grasslands, and tall trees. Sculpting the coasts of southwestern Kenai Peninsula and fed by glaciers is my favorite arm of the Cook Inlet: Kachemak Bay. The area is also home to Alaska’s only state wilderness park, Kachemak Bay State Park, to which there is almost no road access. To visit Kachemak Bay State Park, one must either board a boat or a plane. Because of the unspeakable beauty of this place, I’ve decided to remain silent for the remainder of this post and simply share photographs taken while we floated the bay in our cheerful red Zodiac. Wherever you may be, let the wilderness consume you for a bit and drink in the natural paradise before you:

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  • Rosa - What a fabulous place! Dreamlike.

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

    • Simple Livin' gal - Rosa, we quite fell in love with Kachemak Bay. It is never far from my mind. In fact, it kind of reminds me of some of the photos I’ve seen you post. I think you would love it there.ReplyCancel

  • Bobby - What a plausere to meet someone who thinks so clearlyReplyCancel

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