Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Dream of Across the Bay begins...

 At six years old I knew that I wanted to travel and the magic began when I was 8. My parents and I vacationed every summer, for fifteen years, in Ontario, Canada. Golden's Camp was in the La Cloche lake system that was surrounded by pristine wilderness. The kids and the people in and around Willisville introduced me to mountains, (hills really), lakes, rivers, forests, waterfalls and black black nights with a zillion stars.
     Our accommodations were rustic: log cabins, outhouses, no electricity, no running water and a fabulous lodge with laughter and lots of good smells eminating from the kitchen. The experiences had a profound effect on my life.
     After graduating from college in Indiana I chose to teach school in Alaska. After two years my friend and I quit our jobs, donned very small backpacks and  with not much money set off to traveled for eighteen months. We went by ship, train, foot and mostly by hitch hiking. We visited thirty three countries that time around. The count to date is about sixty six countries.
     In 1993, after I retired from teaching, I started, with the help of my wonderful family, Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast as a pay it forward thank you to all the people throughout the world who have enriched my life.

Mary Jane Lastufka,
Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast

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Welcome to Across the Bay Tent & Breakfast Adventure Company, located in the heart of Kachemak Bay, and a scenic 30-minute water taxi ride from the coastal town of Homer, Alaska. Across the Bay’s guests enjoy a real Alaskan experience while roughing it in style. We cater to the self-sufficient traveler by offering delicious home-style meals, peaceful surroundings, comfortable accommodations, and easy access to outdoor adventures. We offer guided sea kayak tours, mountain bicycle rentals, and miles of hiking, biking or running trails on old logging roads that wind through some of Alaska's most pristine rain forests...

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