Back when we operated Kodiak Wilderness Cruises, our friends Pat and Cherie Godar spent a week with us fishing and whale watching on the Best Friends. They returned with us this summer to help explore the waters outside Seward, Alaska, and we made an audio log of the 8-day trip. The four episodes below take you on the entire excursion.
This may be our last cruise on the Best Friends. We're selling the boat, and hope to find someone who will enjoy it as much as we have. For someone looking for a lifestyle business, this is ideal. You can live aboard the boat, and take out visitors to share the beauty of wild Alaska.
We start with a couple of stories from the Crites family, who listened to Tall Tales and Travel on their recent drive up the Alaska Highway. Then we jump into Day 1 of the cruise, when we anchored at Driftwood Bay.
Days 2 and 3 found us cruising the north edge of the Gulf of Alaska to reach Montague Island, where we anchored in Macleod Harbor.
Days 4 and 5 included close encounters with whales and sea lions, plus lots of success at fishing, as we cruised to Elrington Island.
Days 6, 7 and 8 took us back to Driftwood Bay, some fantastic fishing for silver salmon, and a beautiful sunny day to return to Seward Harbor..
Seward is a beautiful town, set along the shores of Resurrection Bay and surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks. Just a two-hour drive from Anchorage, the town fills with visitors all summer.
Municipal campgrounds line the edge of the bay, adjacent to the boat harbor.
Tour boats take hundreds of visitors every day out to view the numerous glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park. Many of the passengers come from the large cruise ships that dock in Seward several times weekly. Contracts with the cruise companies were our bread and butter for Kodiak Wilderness Cruises.
Seward is a unique town filled with friendly, outdoorsy people and plenty to see and do. It's very walkable, and a free shuttle service operates around town all summer. With historical markers, statues and murals everywhere you look, downtown is filled with interesting shops and places to eat. My two favorite hangouts are the public library (for the wifi and views so gorgeous it's hard to focus on work) and the Sea Bean Cafe (for wifi, good food and cozy atmosphere).