A modern-day Alaskan pioneer, Keith purchased his land in
Sadie Cove in 1973 and proceeded to build. He began in the Scandinavian
tradition with the sauna where he spent his first winter planning and
sketching what would ultimately become Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge.
Some of the humorous ways Keith
found to finance this project can be read about in his autobiography,
Of his life in Alaska, Keith says "Early on I discovered that my
successes as an architectural consultant and the freedom of driving my
Porsches were not what I wanted from life. I came to Alaska on a whim
and found exactly what I was looking for and have never left." An
intrepid adventurer, Keith has climbed, walked, snowshoed, skied,
hunted, and fished thousands of miles around this area in his
40 years of residency. He has many a salty sea
story to tell of his travels around Kachemak Bay in all manner of
watercraft from kayaks to open skiffs to commercial fishing boats in our
beautiful but sometimes feisty weather.
Establishing and building Sadie Cove Wilderness
Lodge with his own hands and the help of his friends, Keith has become
as much a part of Kachemak Bay as the trees which grow here and the
wildlife which lives here. He is a true local sourdough pioneer with
many a story to share
Born and raised in New York City, Randi left behind the
glitz and glamour of modeling and photography in the late '70s when she
moved to Hawaii and then on to Alaska. Of her home in Alaska Randi says
"I'm so happy to have found this rugged place. My heart and spirit were
meant for the far north."
Making her living for many years in remote bush Alaska
cooking, cleaning and caretaking for fly-in resorts, Randi later
purchased a house in Homer where she met her husband-to-be Keith in
1995. Together with Keith, the birth of the Internet, and a lot of joy,
she helped to run the lodge and bring it to the place where it is now -
considered to be one of the top 10 Eco-Resorts in North America.
Keith and Randi Iverson, loyal stewards of this land for
decades, have been exceptional hosts for thousands of guests for 28
years. Beginning in 1972, the lodge was created by hand with local
materials often discovered on the surrounding beaches. Using all of the
courage, ingenuity and creativity that brought him to Sadie Cove in the
first place, Keith hand milled driftwood into boards to become cozy
cabins, an old barn on the Homer side of the bay was dismantled to build
a 2 story cabin on the wharf, drift logs were used as pilings for the
expansive wharf, and by trading his signature smoked salmon and other
items for much of the remainder of his building materials, Keith managed
to create a piece of functional art on his new slice of paradise.
Through all the years the lodge has expanded and been improved but has
always retained that spirit of originality which began when Keith was a child, not knowing then what that spirit would eventually lead to. Now
boasting 5 cabins the lodge is as large as it will ever get so that it
will remain a quiet and peaceful hideaway where guests can have the time
and space to have personal adventures, good times and make new friends.
Lodge patrons have the privilege of enjoying this soulful and historical
property because of the Iverson's generosity and foresight to make it
available to guests. Keith and Randi have a
way of paying attention and taking care of others, of giving them a
glimpse of a simpler and more peaceful time, and of living more easily
and happily with less. People of integrity, they have positively
influenced the lives of thousands with their warmhearted graciousness
mid-life in 1997, Keith and Randi included in their wedding vows to care
for their home and it's environment and especially to protect each other. They make that same promise to
Sadie Cove, Kachemak Bay State Park, and to you, their guests. With the ingenuity, character, and graciousness of the Iversons they provide services of which they are
proud. They strive to have a low impact on the environment by using
non-polluting alternative energy systems, by recycling, and by "leaving
no trace" when out on the trails. They support conservation
organizations, and believe in using common sense
when viewing wildlife.
People like you visit Sadie Cove because they have a special dream
and we help to make that dream come true by easing the anxieties,
hassles, and perceived risks of adventure. Our mission is to cater to
and provide an exceptional experience for every person who visits us.
When we say "Thank you for sharing our adventure", we really mean
Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge serves as an example of what 2 folks in the
wilderness can accomplish with a little imagination, a lot of
persistence and the help of their friends.