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Alaskan Ice Bucket Challenge | Un-Cruise Adventures

September 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM by Teresa

Alaskan Ice Bucket Challengeby the Crew, Wilderness Explorer

Our week of excitement is topped off by the daring polar plunge. One of our plungers used it as an opportunity to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, Alaskan-style, and create awareness for ALS.
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categories: Alaska, Wilderness Explorer
TagsGlacier Bay Park National Alaska,



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What Makes a Week Special in Alaska

September 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM by Teresa

by Phil Hunter, expedition guide, Wilderness Discoverer

As a guide writing the blog every week, I take a lot of time to mention whales, bear sightings and beautiful scenery. There hasn’t been a week this season that has gone by that we didn’t have great whale sightings, a bear encounter or two, and moments that quickened our pace. But what really makes a week special for the guides who take guests out kayaking, the deckhands driving guests on skiffs, or the stewards making those guests warm and happy back on the boat are... those exact same fun, interesting guests!
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categories: Alaska, Wilderness Discoverer
TagsWilderness Alaska, Guests



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A Snapshot of the Crew

September 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM by Teresa

CrewBy Philverine Norris, expedition guide, Wilderness Discoverer

Aboard our vessels, you'll find an eclectic assembly of individuals who make up the crew who join us with varied backgrounds and unique stories to tell and in fast order, quickly become cooperative shipmates. What one thing does this diverse group of folks share? The desire to work in Alaska.
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categories: Alaska, Wilderness Discoverer
TagsWilderness Discoverer Alaska,



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Forty eagles and Counting: Kayaking Alaska

September 11, 2014 at 2:32 PM by Teresa

Kayaks near Port Houghtonby Khrys K. Melgar, expedition guide, Wilderness Discoverer

Four months had passed since I began traveling aboard the Wilderness Discoverer as an expedition guide and this day, like many others, began mild and partly cloudy, the water as smooth as glass. Also like other days, the unexpected was in store. Setting out for the day to guide a kayaking excursion, I was joined by four double kayaks of guests. Our vessel was anchored in Port Houghton, east of Fredrick Sound and we were heading into the back bay called Salt Chuck.
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categories: Whales, Alaska, Wilderness Discoverer
Tagskayaking, Wilderness Discoverer Alaska,



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(F)Un-Cruise Adventures and the week with no rain

September 10, 2014 at 3:50 pm by Sarah

FUn-CruiseBy Connor Adams, expedition guide, Safari Endeavour

This is my fourth summer working in Alaska on small ship cruises for Un-Cruise Adventures. I have to admit that after four years, I have trouble recalling when certain events happened or what I was doing a specific day or week. Some weeks it rains, and then other weeks we are literally walking on sunshine. Each moment is an unforgettable one. The kinds of moments that make you stop. Stop and wonder.

Today I found myself marveling about all the details and events that led us to this place – Dawes Glacier on a beautiful sunny afternoon. All the months of planning for our guests: to book flights, get time off work, organize the family, and put everyday life on hold.  All the hard work from everyone in the Seattle office: scheduling, dreaming up wonderful itineraries, getting permits and selling trips. And then the crew: saying farewell to loved ones for months at a time, truly putting life on hold, and sacrificing personal space and the comforts of home in order to create a family dedicated to building memories for our guests. And then the star, how could I forget the star of the show; Alaska, in all her wild glory.
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categories: Alaska, Safari Endeavour
Tagsrain, Fun-Cruise, no



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