We couldn’t help but relax at this intimate island retreat, with no television or internet. It was perfect for “chilling”. We visited with each other, took photographs, watched the clouds and boats pass by, and marveled at the majestic mountains of Kenai Fjords National Park located across Resurrection Bay. At night, the lodge served us a scrumptious dinner. After one more visit to the rocky beach, we retreated to our cozy cabins. The one assigned to us had a lovely view of a large, freshwater lagoon.
When we woke up, our tour group was happy to see a continuation of the beautiful weather for the scheduled boat trip around Kenai Fjords. This glorious view, looking north toward Seward, was waiting for us at sunrise. After enjoying a big breakfast and copious amounts of hot coffee, we hated to say goodbye to this tranquil setting.
And here are some little learning tidbits about Resurrection Bay!
- It acquired its name from Alexander Baranov (1747-1819), a Russian-born merchant. He was forced to retreat into the bay during a bad storm in the Gulf of Alaska. When the storm settled, it was Easter Sunday. So the bay and nearby Resurrection River were named in honor of the event.
- The Bay remains ice-free throughout the year, making it easily navigable.
- The opening of The Hunt for Red October (one of my favorites!) was filmed here, with the bay serving as a stand-in for Russia’s Murmansk Fjord.