Alaska | Part 1

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In a word, Alaska was stunning. While I was technically working/volunteering as a WWOOFer (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, which the acronym for has become a noun and verb in recent traveler-speak; fantastic organization and an excellent resource for those whose idea of traveling and exploring includes life lived with locals and contribution), I felt completely on vacation and at the end of 18 days was rested and full. I’m one of several adventurers in my larger family and recently a few cousins had spent summers in Alaska. Their stories, my own curiosity, and a desire to be a bit more intentional with my summer hols this year was the motivation to head north for a few weeks.

I was very fortunate to come across Rick and Dorle Hareness’ eco-tourism company, A Seaside Adventure, based in Little Tutka Bay, about 40 minutes by water taxi off the coast of Homer, Alaska. They made space for me in their already full volunteer queue and very generously and graciously shared their lives and passion for the outdoors.  I think I’ve been avoiding posting about the trip in part because it’s mind boggling to suss how to describe such a rich experience. The boiler plate summary is I kayaked almost every day, was spoiled by a never ending supply of homemade bread, fresh fish, quesadillas, and sea soup, soaked in the silence and green, and very much cherish the friendship built with Rick and Dorle in such a stunning setting. Past that, I’ll let photos do the talking….

First glimpses…

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My lovely hosts!

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My view with breakfast, every morning.

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Many an evening ended with a mug of tea and some iteration of a stunning sunset…

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