Yay, how exciting! Catherine supplied another guest blog for our entertainment. Here we go…
July 8th (the day we did the first polar plunge).
Whacking and Yaking Alaska Style
Today the Holmes crew decided to take on the Wilderness “Whack and Yak” challenge…an all day excursion that involved kayaking to a remote location (yes…remoter even than our normal remote) and then “bushwhacking” into the wilderness for a hike.
Bushwhacking is hiking without any trail – you literally find a hole in the vegetation and start walking. If you encounter a lake or a cliff or other impenetrable obstacle, you turn around and go a different way. Our guide had an emergency phone and gps so we weren’t too worried about getting lost! Having to yell “Hey Bear!” every few seconds was a little more troubling, especially after we stumbled across fresh droppings and “bear sleeping beds” of tamped down grass. In the end, that was as much bear as we saw on our bushwhacking and no one from our party was either lost or eaten!
Our kayaking out was beautiful and easy…we realized later that we were going with the current (more on that when we talk about the return trip…)
Once we were sufficiently remote, we beached our kayaks which made us all really appreciate the easy launcher and helpful hands on the boat.
Tory poses with a giant wall of mussels, and adds her own!
For some reason we have no photographic evidence of our bushwhacking hike – probably too concerned with avoiding bogs and bears. I do recall eating a lot of wild blueberries and several very sketchy cliff climbs!
After lunch, it was time to try to get back into the kayaks and head alllllllllllllll the way back to the boat.
Did I mention that we were now heading back against the current? It was quite a long distance and we were all pretty worn out from our days exercise already.
It was an awesome day and a great workout but it proved to be my last Whack and Yak although Tory and Mark ventured out again the next week while Olivia and I snorkeled again.
Thank you, Catherine, for another entertaining look at our adventures.
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