Greetings all - I'm planning a trip to the Kenai Peninsula (my first visit to Alaska!) for either September 2007 or late May 2008 (from my research, it sounds like the weather is better in May)?
For now, it's looking something like this: fly into and out of Anchorage, rent a car. Spend time in Seward and Homer (several days each) and perhaps a few days at Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge (is it worth the splurge?).
Love hiking and nature (don't fish) , so must see's in Seward include: SeaLife Center; kayak (and stay) in Lowell Point; Exit Glacier; perhaps Carter Lake, Russian River Waterfall, Resurrection River trail, Lost Lakes trail and/or Caines Head hikes (are any of these strenuous - I'm seeking more moderate to easy sort of day hikes with lovely fews?). Lodging choices: Saltwater Lodge or Alaska Paddle Inn (thanks Glacierlady!) Also want to do at least the 6-hour fjords cruise - did I miss anything?
Homer: stay at Ocean Shores Motel (is that a good choice - I'm hoping for ocean front properties during my stay?) and perhaps a trip across the bay to Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge (any opinions there?). Are there any great hikes that are not to be missed in and around Homer? Other things to do/see? Other lodging suggestions?
Also thinking of stops along the way including Hope and Ninilchik. Is it worth staying the night in Hope? I've read that the Eagle Rising Resort is nice, and there is whitewater rafting/kayaking on Six Mile Creek; hiking to Gull Rock overlook and Resurrection Pass.
Also, I'm a female traveling alone, so any cautions there? And, final question (whew), will I be able to get hiking trail maps once I'm there, or is there a book that someone might recommend for that?
Thanks everyone - appreciate your thoughts; truly can't wait!!