Sunday, August 2, 2009

Summer is coming to an end. It really is sort of sad, but it has been an amazing summer. Sure there have been some things gone astray, but for the most part it has been lovely and wonderful. I have met some really great people and I've had some really great times.

Mackenzie and I went on a backcountry adventure about two weeks ago. We were dropped off at Muir point where Patti and Erica were just finishing a trip. We took over their double kayak, loaded all of our gear and pushed off. It was already 3:00 in the afternoon when we started so we didn't go too far. We crossed the East Arm and headed to Wachusetts Inlet. The paddling was amazing, flat and calm the whole time. We decided to camp towards the entrance of Wachusetts, past Rowlee Point. We had a great view of the end of the inlet and watched the sun set behind the mountains. The next morning we woke to slightly cloudy skies, but we could see the sun wanted to shine. We set off, back across the East Arm and down to Adam's Inlet. As we were crossing to Adam's the sun came out. The rest of the day was warm, clear and beautiful. We went a little ways into Adam's and stopped for lunch. After Adam's we kayaked down the east side of the bay to Sturgess Island. From Garforth Island to Sturgess was a long paddle. At least it felt long, the sun was hot and glaring off the water the whole time. Kenzie and I definitely got burnt. Overall, it was a great day. We camped on Sturgess and the next morning we were picked up at the South Sandy Cove ranger raft. We spent the rest of the day on the Arete (park boat) and it was wonderful.

Before Addison left we (Mackenzie, Addie and I) went on the Fairweather Express II. It is the dayboat run by the lodge. They take you from the Bartlett Cove area all the way upbay to see the glaciers and wildlife. I definitely felt like a tourist, but it was cool to see the park. We had a beautiful day to see it too, and we went all the way back to John's Hopkins Glacier, which doesn't happen very often because there is usually too much ice. We had a pretty fun day on the boat for sure.

Well, today is my last night in Bartlett Cove and it's a little bit sad. This summer was amazing and I met some wonderful people, but now it is time to start the school year. It will definitely be nice to see all of my friends at home, and to move into my apartment. I'm so excited! Hopefully I will be back next year and I will have another fabulous summer.