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  1. What is the model of your kayak … Looks like a good one for RVing and storage in the unit. Plus, good one for basic kayaking on the lakes.
    Thanks …

    • Jim, the kayak is a Sea Eagle FastTrack 385FT. It has been a real sweet spot for RV life — it’s light at 32#, long enough for two and short enough for good maneuverability and low wind susceptibility. Stable as a barge but easy to paddle. And it packs up into one of our smaller storage areas. Here’s the link: https://www.seaeagle.com/FastTrackKayaks/385ft

      • Thanks for the information. Did you find enough time and areas to use it on your trip through BC … Yukon … and Alaska? Have never tried using a kayak but have always wondered that we would have a different view of our trip if we took time to kayak . Anything we would need especially heading north when kayaking …. Clothes or equipment?

      • We got OUR kayak on the water many times (maybe 6-8 excursions). Would have been more, but we didn’t often find the place, time, and weather all cooperating at once. But YES, it is definitely a wonderfully different perspective while traveling. Camping by a peaceful shore is one thing, but paddling out away from camp, all quiet and serene and alone, is spectacular. See our kayaking at Boya Lake in BC for example: http://www.divver-city.com/blog/2015/06/12/boya-lake-northern-b-c/

        We also did one trip in a rental kayak. They wouldn’t/couldn’t bring ours, so we used theirs for the Bear Glacier excursion. Now THAT was an exceptional adventure: http://www.divver-city.com/blog/2015/08/09/ice-fog-and-kayaks/

        Our kayak “kit” consists of a drybag, air pump, sandals, windbreakers, sun-hats, snacks and drinking water. Camera of course (I use a cool little waterproof Fuji). We pretty much stick to fair weather, although we’ve kayaked in sloughs, lakes, and coastal ocean waters with 10+mph winds — which is a lot of work but doable. We paddle at 2.5-3.5mph and can sprint briefly at 4mph, so stiff currents are a no-no except for going downstream. The FastTrack is good for class-II whitewater, which we have not (yet) done. We like the calm placid stuff, we’re not there for rough-and-tumble excitement. Glaciers and icebergs notwithstanding :o)

        And oh yeah, it’s also good to get some upper-body exercise in addition to hiking.

      • Greg … Do you prefer the white high seat or would the lower black with a high back support be better for a 1st timer?

      • We’ve owned the inflatable (white) seats for years now, and recently tried out a set of the high-back seats. What a disaster. We thought they’d be nice with the improved back support, but it was actually more trouble than help. But the real horror was the seat pad. It’s about 3/4 inch thick and HARD. You can barely dent it by pushing on it with your thumb. My butt-bones were hurting after two minutes sitting on that thing, it’s unimaginable how we’d deal with a day-long (or even a couple of hours) excursion. And the white seats are half the price and weight too.

        We did try out a different set of seats from Aquaglide – – stiff back and inflatable bottoms. These seem pretty comfortable, but there’s a bit of a kink: the backs are designed for full PFD wear. We don’t care for the full PFD’s and we don’t need them for flat water. We use emergency-inflate belt-pack PFD’s, which stay out of the way until they’re needed (hopefully never). They’re much cooler in summer temps too. These belt-packs don’t fill up the space between the seat and the seat-back, so our butts are kinda hanging off the rear. Jury is still out on these.

        So (long answer to short question) I’d advise getting the lower-cost white seats to start with.

        If you want to keep this thread going, email is a bit easier and quicker. Send a message to “mayor” at divver-city.com

  2. Hi … I have been following your 4 month Alaska trip for the entire time. I was planning our 2nd trip to Alaska and found your site. Really interesting!
    We like boon docking a lot and realized your information was good.
    I would like to ask you about your hat … I am looking for a good replacement. Yours looks good for a 3 month trip. Probably be asking more questions later.
    Thanks …

    • I’ve been wearing a Tilley for many, many years now. My previous one was a light-colored under-brim, and although it’s still serviceable I’ve changed over to the dark-underbrim. See this link: http://www.tilley.com/us_en/t3-snap-up.html

      Unfortunately, they’re only good for a brief light rain unless waterproofed. I bought an imported Aussie waxed-cotton-duck hat up in Jasper (Alberta) that’s really good in the rain but a little heavy for everyday use. My Tilley is jealous.

      • Thanks for the hat information … I need to keep my top covered. It has taken many years of hard hits and really likes the shade. Hope you won’t mind future questions on planning a 2017 Alaska trip.

  3. Splendid blog Greg & Karin!
    Keep posting as much as ya can, it´s always nice to read such a nice stories.
    Greetings from Marek 🙂

  4. Thanks Greg /Karen..
    keep on sending your trips info/pics..they are great!
    Came back last night from Sulphur Creek..Val and Kiere are still there
    she likes the write-up in the Pilot Magazine..also the picture from here in the kitchen..
    everybody things they are the owners…but they are the care-takers..
    Was great as always..very quite and relaxed..b.t.w. Smiley is a beautifull
    area over 7.000 elevation..on a nice road..good restaurant across the
    5000′ gras strip..with a r.v.disposal station ..
    If I quit flying..I take my small RV out there and then further north Glacier N.P.into Canada and Alaska…

    L A T E R..

    keep in touch..
    tony and marlene

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