Mean Edie and the Bull Kelp Chorus: Kootznoowoo Wilderness

Photostory from our eight night paddle adventure through Kootznoowoo Wilderness. We were monitoring for invasive species and wilderness character down the coast of Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska.

This is a photo of Woody Point. The Tongass National Forest is full of amazingly diverse landscapes including this volcanic-carved beach we called home for a night.

One of my absolute favorite reasons for paddling in Southeast Alaska are the jellyfish. When you think of Alaska, you often visualize bears, eagles and salmon... I visualize jellyfish. Bright big colorful undulating masses below my kayak beside a backdrop of a giant temperate rainforest. 

The Tongass National Forest is the largest remaining temperate rainforest on earth. It rains here, a lot. Rain on wilderness trips can make for soggy socks and sometimes soggy spirits. But this rain is the reason why our ecosystem is so vibrant and productive, bursting with life, jam-packed with waterfalls, tributaries, estuaries, salmon streams and giant trees!

The Tongass National Forest is the largest remaining temperate rainforest on earth. It rains here, a lot. Rain on wilderness trips can make for soggy socks and sometimes soggy spirits. But this rain is the reason why our ecosystem is so vibrant and productive, bursting with life, jam-packed with waterfalls, tributaries, estuaries, salmon streams and giant trees!

There is nothing more brilliant than enjoying a fire with friends in the wilderness (just remember to build it below the high-tide mark for 'Leave No Trace' etiquette).

Mushrooms are another favorite Southeast Alaskan inhabitant of mine. This pair of puffballs looks like the most perfect, perky pair of breasts on the planet... Oh behave, Mother Nature.

These mushrooms are edible and foraging for shrooms is a favorite hobby of mine. The Tonagss National Forest provides some of the most delicious, nutritious and wonderful delicacies on the planet if you take the time to look.

'Paca' my alpaca bear that my wonderful cousins and auntie gave me years ago, likes to 'pack' along on my adventures. He encountered a few rough spots on this particular trip. He caught on fire, developed a giant hole in his seams, and was dosed by countless waves of saltwater... this is a photo of one of his favorite, 'calm' moments of reflection.

The Tongass National Forest is the most comfortable bed on the planet...thick sphagnum mossy bliss beneath my bottom! This ecosystem is rich with squishy, green life.