Still Dreaming of Stillpoint Lodge

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On our way to Stillpoint Lodge in Halibut Cove, Alaska. You've got to love a place that you can only get to by float plane or boat.

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Cue the otter.

With its lush grounds, spectacular views and comfortable, rustic, tucked-away cabins, Stillpoint is, indeed, a place to rekindle your spirit.

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The property's zen gardens include a rope labyrinth than can be used for walking meditation.

Talk about meditation.

Midnight sunset from the cabin. 

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The next day's excursion to 13-mile-long Grewingk Glacier, located in Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska's first state park, proves unforgettable. Who gets to boat past otters and an oyster farm, then hike through a rainforest to an iceberg-strewn glacier lake that you actually get to paddle around?

Bridge on way back from Grewingk Glacier
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Floating ice sculptures shift and  change right before our eyes.

Dominic and Amalia kayak Grewingk Glacie

Evening brings happy hour--cocktails with a view, lovely appetizers and the best of company (note the eagles to the right). 

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There's even mountain climbing for those so-inclinded, like my friend Leah, who celebrated her birthday by scaling Goat Rope, the mountain on the right, with a Stillpoint guide. I was happy to work with Stillpoint owners Jim and Jan Thurston on the memoir Jim is playing with. The working title: Things Just Seem to Happen When I Show Up.

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The last morning, I write in the guestbook in my room:

Stillpoint has allowed me to step away from my life, thereby embracing it in a whole new way. From the otter who greeted us upon arrival to last night’s happy hour eagles, this experience has been magic...Sunning serenity. Unrivaled beauty. All with a sense of being folded into new friendships and community. Thank you! The memories will live on and continue to inspire.