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Rafting Down the Kenai River in Cooper Landing, Alaska

Rafting Down the Kenai River in Cooper Landing, Alaska

One of the things that my kids love the most about Alaska is that every direction you turn is an outdoor adventure.  Alaska is wild and untamed.  It is beautiful, but rugged.  It is the kind of place every child dreams about, even if they don’t know how to put it into words.

Sure, there are cities.  Just not many, and it is easy to get outside of them.  Instead of searching out the wild, it sort of searches you out and dares you to take a ride.

“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.”  – Jon Krakauer

We took a day trip out of Anchorage and took a family rafting trip down the glacier silt colored Kenai River.   It was a mix of wild and mild.  The river was mild enough to be relaxing and enjoyable, but wild enough to see untouched nature at it’s best.

I was a little concerned about “river rafting” with my young kids until we met our guide.  He was the ripe age of 14 – yet very capable.  I guess the nature of Alaska just produces kids like that.  It makes me long for that environment for my children to grow up in… until I remember the snow.  But that’s months away from now.  Right now, we’re just going to float down the river for a while.

floating in a raft down the Kenai River with a dog

Kenai River Rafting in Alaska

Kenai River in Alaska

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river rafting alaska rivers company in cooper landing alaska

There are several Cooper Landing rafting providers.  We took Alaska Rivers Company and were happy with our experience.  No promotional items or discounts were provided.

  1. Lance | Trips By Lance 10 January, 2014

    This looks great. We are considering a visit to Alaska this summer and I’d like something outdoorsy that my non-outdoorsy wife and our 7-year-old son could both manage. I grew up with versions of this kind of activity in the Ozarks of Arkansas.

  2. Rod Austin 20 January, 2014

    Hi, I’m Rod from the Travel Pinfluencers group. I discovered your blog through that. Beautiful photos of Alaska. It’s great that your family loves outdoor adventure. Have you every considered visiting Montana?

    • Amy Moore 21 January, 2014

      I have considered visiting Montana – it just hasn’t happened yet. The photos I see out of there are gorgeous though. I’d love to spend a good chunk of time in the summer exploring Missoula and Bozeman and definitely Glacier NP!