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Bears, Bald Eagles, and Smoked Salmon at the Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge

May 12th, 2017

The place is mostly built with hand-milled drift wood. The owners are religious about recycling. The only grid they operate on comes in the form of a cold stream that rushes down the forested mountain behind the lodge and provides them with all of their electricity. Oh yeah, and they drink that water too and claim that it will probably be the cleanest and tastiest water guests have ever had.

This is the Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge and it’s no wonder that this model for a sustainable business (and living) consistently makes it onto the list of the top ten eco-lodges in North America.

Situated in a remote, quiet cove surrounded by hills covered in old growth coniferous forests, the lodge also has some pretty stunning surroundings! In fact, the area looked so nice that it was declared a state park not long after the property was bought by the owner of Sadie Lodge, Keith Iverson. A former architectural consultant, he traded life in the fast lane for a more rugged, basic, and fulfilling existence in Alaska. Adapting to using whatever resources were on hand probably influenced the sustainable nature of Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge and sets a good example to follow for other hotels and homes.

In addition to relaxing on the porch of the lodge and watching Bald Eagles fish in the still waters of the cove, guests have the trails through fragrant evergreen forests all to themselves and can fish for halibut and salmon right from the lodge. Kayaks are also available as are spotting scopes that make it easier to see wildlife such as the bears that come to the far shore to fish for salmon.

Although the place might look rustic, it’s more like a comfortable, cozy vacation house than a hotel, especially since there is room for very few guests. Meals are also intimate with gourmet dishes serving wild caught seafood, salmon smoked right at the lodge, and produce from their organic garden.

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Search for Whales with Searcher Natural History Tours

May 12th, 2017

Searcher Natural History Tours

Who says Baja, California is all about poolside lounging and drinks with little umbrellas? For the more get up and go types there are also plenty of opportunities to get out in the sun, on a boat and wait. And watch. For the majestic maneuvers of migrating whales.

Watch as mother whales care for their young or be amazed by the power of breaching and spyhopping whales. Searcher Natural History Tours offers whale watching tours that bring you as close as you want to be to a variety of species of whales. Catch a peek at everything from blue, sperm, and humpback whales, pods of dolphins, or even a variety of seabirds, all of which present wonderful photo opportunities and unforgettable memories. Whales aren’t the only animals you’ll see on this trip however.

There are opportunities to hike and snorkel as well, so you’ll have the chance to check out the wilderness below and above. See the myriad of fish under the sea or do a little bird watching. Comb the beaches on a leisurely stroll and then when you’re ready cool off in the beautiful sea.

The 12-day excursion will take you to places like Islas San Benito where you can hike to an old lighthouse and observe seals. It’s mating season so you’ll have a chance to see the males strut their stuff. Anchor at Laguna San Ignacio and whale watch from smaller boats where you can get eye to eye with the incredible mammals. Take a break from whale watching and explore beaches for shells and plant life. The excursion will take to you islands like Cabo San Lucas, Isle San Jose, Isla Santa Catalina and more.

 Whether your walking, snorkeling or simply watching and waiting ,getting out for an eco-tour excursion is an exciting prospect with Searcher Natural History Tours. Visit their website to schedule yourself for their next tour.

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