Moving away from single-use plastic bags

Since guests bring their own food to Shearwater Cove, most people hit the Safeway or Seward Marketplace for groceries before getting on our boat. Most people don't travel with re-usable grocery bags, so a lot of plastic bags end up making their way to the yurts.

Reusable shopping bags help reduce plastic impact on our oceans.

Reusable shopping bags help reduce plastic impact on our oceans.

This year, the Sustainable Seward organization is working to shift Seward away from plastic bag use in preparation for the city-wide ban on single use plastic bags which will take effect in October. Sustainable Seward members are hastily sewing t-shirt bags that will be available for shoppers to borrow and return in case they forget to bring their own bags. Keep an eye out for these re-usable options as you shop for your stay at Shearwater Cove!

Read the full story on The Seward Sun: https://sewardsun.com/03/10/sustainable-seward-join-forces-with-local-stores-to-transition-away-from-plastic-bags/

Kayaking in clean waters.

Kayaking in clean waters.

Meet our on-site host, Leigh!

Shearwater Cove’s on-site host, Leigh.

Shearwater Cove’s on-site host, Leigh.

We are so happy that Leigh is returning to the Cove this year for another season of hosting our guests. Leigh has guided in Alaska for many years, and is currently a kayak guide on Kauai. She is the welcoming party when guests arrive at the Cove, and she makes sure everyone is safe and sound in their yurts and on the water.

Kayaking near the Fox Island Spit with Leigh.

Kayaking near the Fox Island Spit with Leigh.

Never been kayaking before? Book a guided kayak session with your yurt rental, and explore the coastline of Resurrection Bay with Leigh. You will learn how to safely and correctly handle the kayaks and gear, and explore places like Humpy Cove, Fox Island, the Fox Island Spit, and Kayakers Cove.

Leigh keeping the kayak gear tidy.

Leigh keeping the kayak gear tidy.

Leigh has made a wonderful addition to the Shearwater Cove team. Her inviting presence creates a welcoming environment for guests to settle in to our yurts and enjoy the wilderness setting. If you have any questions or concerns during your stay, Leigh will be ready to help.

From Sea to Alpine in Resurrection Bay

"Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter." -John Muir

I like to think that if John Muir had the chance to visit Shearwater Cove, he would also sit at the top of our Alpine Trail and enjoy the view. Although I bet he would then scale the peaks behind the yurts and disappear into Day Harbor without telling anyone.

There is so much to explore in Resurrection Bay both on land and water. If you go John Muir style and hike off into the mountains or take to the water in one of our kayaks you have two great ways to experience the area from sea level all the way up to the alpine.

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Shearwater Cove Springtime Update

Jason and I have been busy this winter planning and preparing for our second season of operation which begins in just over a month! Although our yurts at Shearwater Cove have been winterized since September, we have continued living and breathing the yurt life this winter in our own 16' yurt just a few miles out of town. Jason and I agree that there is nothing more cozy than yurt living, especially when your yurt is insulated by snow to the roof line as it was this winter. After three winters of scant snow, Seward finally got dumped on and remained cold enough for the ground to freeze and the snow to accumulate. This photo of our home yurt is the reason we do not continue operations in the winter - just too much snow!

Even with several feet of snow on the roof, the yurt rafters and frame showed no sign of strain. The yurt's relatively simple design is incredibly strong.

Even with several feet of snow on the roof, the yurt rafters and frame showed no sign of strain. The yurt's relatively simple design is incredibly strong.

While holed up in our yurt, drinking coffee through the dark winter mornings, Jason and I reminisced about our opening season and brainstormed improvements for the coming summer. One of those improvements just arrived in the mail: four brand-spanking new Necky kayaks! These four doubles are joining our existing fleet of kayaks for a total of six doubles and one single. It is important to us that guests have equal access to kayaks while at Shearwater Cove. With our new additions everyone will have equal opportunity to paddle, even with a third yurt. Which is to announce the exciting news that a third yurt will be available to rent at Shearwater Cove by about the first of July!

Jason with the new kayaks on top of our storage conex. Our other three kayaks are hanging from the ceiling inside.

Jason with the new kayaks on top of our storage conex. Our other three kayaks are hanging from the ceiling inside.

Alaska's long winter nights have given way once again to the sunlight. Already it does not get fully dark until after 10pm. The summer birds are migrating back north and the seasonal workers are not far behind them. The snow is melting and the sweet smell of cottonwood buds bring back memories of summers past. Summertime is creeping into our bones.

Home sweet home. From October until February the sun did not rise high enough to hit our home yurt. It was an exciting day when it finally came back!

Home sweet home. From October until February the sun did not rise high enough to hit our home yurt. It was an exciting day when it finally came back!

There are many things to do between now and our opening date of May 20. Our calendar is filling up, so reserve your stay for the 2017 season soon! We are looking forward to another busy summer in Alaska's Kenai Fjords!

-Charity

Fox Island & the Fox Island Spit

Fox Island & the Fox Island Spit

Fox Island is a premier kayaking destination within Resurrection Bay. Not only is the island itself full of geological and literary history, it is also within short reach of additional kayaking destinations including Humpy Cove and El Dorado Narrows. Our yurts at Shearwater Cove are only a short paddle from all three of these destinations.