We were extremely impressed by how much information about Alaska, the history, the people, the ecology, was readily shared by the local residents. Alaskans take great pride in their state and nothing demonstrates this more than their amazing store of information.
Fondest memory: Nelda Osgood, one of the owners of Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge, our home base, grew up on Kodiak Island. She is very knowledgeable about native culture and serves on the Kachemak Bay State Park Advisory Board. On our first night, one the lodge guests asked Nelda to share some information about the Alaskan native tribes and her very impressive basket collection. Her presentation was fascinating and was a perfect introduction to Kachemak Bay.
The Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge property borders land owned by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office, a major landowner in the Kachemack Bay area. Lodge guests are permitted by easement to hike on the Alaska Mental Health property, and the Lodge owners will provide a map of the network of trails, which total 2 miles and will take you through lush forests and along gorgeous beaches.
Fondest memory: I began each day of our stay by hiking on the Trust lands at dawn before breakfast. Supposedly, bears are in the area, but I never saw or heard one. Saw what might have been bear scat, but that was all.
I did come across an obnoxious crow who seemed very irritated when I intruded into his space. I learned this same crow also terrorizes the resident bald eagle. Beware of the aggressive crow.
Favorite thing: This picture was taken on the first morning of our stay at Tutka Bay during my early morning hike on the Mental Health Trust lands. This morning was exceptionally calm. The surface of the Kachemak Bay was like glass. I watched pink salmon (humpies) jump by the dozens, and bald eagles swoop down and pick them up for their chicks.