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Aug 1, 2013 - Valdez August 1-5, 2013

Valdez is beautiful year round. This is our second visit to town. We took in the Gold Rush Days celebration with a parade, cardboard boat races and a vendors covering town. We also repeated a trip to the Columbia glacier. Sea Lions and harbor seals were plentiful but the whales didn't show up. Sea otters feasted on salmon and rested on the ice. http://www.valdezgoldrushdays.org/events/ Here is the list of events for the Gold Rush Days. We had a great experience and lot of fun in spite of rain during part of the weekend.

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Jul 20, 2013 - July 20, 2013 Brooks Camp and back to Anchorage

We had the plane to our selves on the return trip to King Salmon. The trip from there to Anchorage was filled with beautiful scenery. We followed the shoreline due to heavy cloud cover. Ironically, this plane sank in the river a week later in a crash with a boat. Fortunately, no one was hurt. There are many beautiful snow covered mountains between King Salmon and Anchorage. In Cook Inlet, you can also see several oil platforms. These first were put in during the 1960s. Oil was found here before the discovery at Prudhoe Bay.

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Jul 19, 2013 - July 19, 2013 at Brooks Camp and Novaruptu

Novaruptu / Valley of 1000 Smokes is the key to Katmai becoming a National Park. A major eruption happened in 1912 and covered vast areas with ash. Fumerals vented steam for years but no longer do so. At the end of the trip, we stopped at the Falls and found the bears were fishing without us.

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Jul 12, 2013 - Ruth & Nathan's Trip to Alaska 2013 - 4th time

We left South Florida on July 12th and after flying all day we spent a night in Anchorage. We then flew to Katmai National Park on a float plane after connecting in King Salmon. Books Camp, within Katmai National Park, has become one of our favorite places. It is truly a unique environment to observe coastal brown bears in large numbers. We saw as many as 28 on the river at one time. Sows with cubs fished very near the large males in order to feed their family. The bears are focused on eating salmon and making new bears. All of the males...

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Jul 9, 2011 - Brooks Camp

The morning started out with light rain. Since the bear activity has been relatively slow at the falls we decided to concentrate on the beaches and platform at the bridge. Kathy, Allan and I started out first thing with a bear walking down the beach towards us. We set up our tripods and started taking pictures only to be rudely interrupted by Kathy trying to point out to us the approaching bear that had come down to the beach behind us, the bear was approaching at under 20 yards as we gathered our gear making a fast retreat to the relative...

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Jul 8, 2011 - Brooks Camp

After breakfast we headed out to the Brooks Fall’s platforms under partly cloudy skies. The bear activity at the falls was slow with few fish jumping and four or five bears fishing. We decided to head back to the platform at the bridge you have to cross to get the falls trail and look for the mother bear that had three cubs of the year (COY). We did find them walking on the beach by the float planes but at a distance tht was no good for photography. The bear watching from the platform was very good and the bears were close enough to the...

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Jul 7, 2011 - Brooks Camp

We arrived in Katmia National Park after a flight on Pen Air to King Salmon and a 30 minute float plane ride to Brooks Lodge. After our briefing on appropriate bear ethic we checked in to our spacious cabin with our friends Sue and Allan. We spent the afternoon out on the platforms in the rain at the Brooks Falls watching brown bears trying to catch salmon. The salmon run was late this year and the bears were not having much luck. The rain was damping our bear watching experience and we headed back to our cabin. As we were leaving our cabin...

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