This Adventurous Life

A young couple exploring the world…and their 30's

 Mendenhall Lake around the pass to the glacier and back is usually not hard.  Well, if your rudder breaks off when you are half way around the lake…then it can become tough to move in any purposeful direction at a positive speed.  Our rudder decided to stop working making this excursion quite a work out.  Thankfully we didn’t have to dodge any breaking icebergs.

Mendenhall Glacier is about 12 miles long descending into Mendenhall Lake.  We went kayaking here on one of our days traveling down the Alaskan coast.

The glacier is stunning. Your sense of scale as you approach the glacier is incredibly wacky. We kept kayaking closer and closer to get to the flagged area marking kayaker’s allowable proximity, and eventually we were dwarfed by glowing turquoise ice.

Breaking for a snack in our skirts, I mean splash guards.

Icebergs were prevalent all around the lake. It is quite an adrenalin rush to hear loud crackling noises as you approach them on a kayak. This one was close to the size of half of a football field. You can bet I was reminding Cayle to keep a safe distance the ENTIRE time we were kayaking around it. “We’re too close! We’re too close!” : )

Kayaking has become a very enjoyable way for us to experience a new place.  We have gone kayaking in many different mangroves, with dolphins, and now with icebergs.  kayaking with whales might be next…

By the way,  Happy Thanksgiving from India!  Be sure to check out This Adventurous Life’s Facebook page (and like it for updates) for pictures from our current location.


2 Responses to “Kayaking Mendenhall Lake”

  1. Isela Bogdanski

    Kayaking is the use of a Kayak for moving across water. Kayaking and canoeing are also known as paddling. Kayaking is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. A kayak is defined by the International Canoe Federation (the world sanctioning body) as a boat where the paddler faces forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle. Most kayaks have closed decks, although “sit-on-top” kayaks are growing in popularity, as are inflatable kayaks which come without decks but which have air chambers surrounding the boat.”:`..

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  2. Merrill Scher

    Kayaks are classified by their use. There are eight primary classifications: polo, slalom, whitewater, surf, touring/expedition, light touring/day tripping, sprint/racing and general recreation. From these primary classifications stem many sub-classes. For example, a fishing kayak is simply a general-recreation kayak outfitted with accessories that make it easier from which to fish. A creek kayak is a certain type of whitewater kayak, designed to handle narrow gully type rivers and falls. Also within these classifications are many levels of performance which further separate the individual models. In other words, not all touring kayaks handle the same.*`.`

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