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Aug 1, 2017 - Katami NP

Fun day at Katami. First floatplane flight. Saw many brown bears (the coastal bigger version of grizzly) catching and eating salmon running on the Brooks River. Even saw2mothers with cubs. Bears were as close as 10' from the raised viewing platform. I saw a program on PBS many years ago about this place--never thought I would actually be here. 3 more parks to go till I will have visited all 59 national parks--my dad who introduced me to them would be proud. More pictures on Facebook

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Wild Alaska

Jul 29, 2015 - Katmai National Park, Alaska

SUNDAY - We were up early and had a quick breakfast. By 8:00 am we were at the float plane dock ready for the 8:30 flight. By 9:00 no one had shown up to fly the plane and there were no other passengers waiting. We called the company and discovered that we were booked on a Monday flight. First requirement was to try to find a room for Sunday night in a resort town at the peak of tourist season. After calling several motels we opted to return to where we had stayed Saturday night. They let us have the same room back. Since we had the day...

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2015 Alaska Trip

Aug 4, 2012 - on and off the boat

Buck got us up and out the door by 6am. The days are getting shorter and the light was still too low for photography. The fact that a thick cloud cover returned didn’t help things either. The plan was to skiff into the river, but we missed high tide and got off in the middle stranded in a slough. It wasn’t dangerous; it was just a matter of waiting for the water to go down enough so we could wade out. There was an occasional bear here and there, but if the salmon were running the bears couldn’t find them. We hiked around looking for a more...

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Aug 3, 2012 - the Manhattan of bears

Our guide let us sleep an hour later today, which meant that by the time we hit the beach, the five bears who were catching salmon there were just about finished. Actually, they would have liked to catch more, but as the tide receded the fish moved back out to sea with it. The bears lay down on the beach and had a nice snooze. So our guide took us to look for the wolves. Our guide’s name is Buck Wilde and he is the sort of mountain man that could star in any western. He has piercing blue Paul Newman eyes, a deep tan, and a curly blond pony...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Halo Bay

As soon as we boarded yesterday, the captain started the engines and we sailed three hours to Hallo Bay. Kulak Bay was nicely sheltered, but we traveled through open waters and the waves were rocking and rolling. The cook buzzed around the kitchen securing her dishes and cooking utensils. Those of us who batten down the hatches for RV travel were familiar with the drill. Hallo Bay had a totally different look than where we were yesterday, probably because it is dominated by a glacier. The day was somewhat brighter and we could see a line of...

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Aug 1, 2012 - getting up close and personal

The day dawned with a steady drizzle and temperatures in the 40º’s. Once again we put on everything we brought and boarded the skiff. One bear was fishing fairly near the shore. After studying the water looking for salmon, he began bounding around splashing. All of a sudden a fish appeared between his paws. He sat with it between his legs and stripped the skin away. Yum, yum. More fishing ensued with no results. His attention turned inland and he moseyed away from us eating grass. Eventually we lost sight of him altogether. We waited for a...

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Jul 31, 2012 - board the MV Waters

At 8:30am a van showed up at the hotel asking for Kim and Matt. Turns out they were looking for us. It took us to the seaplane port where our group of six were all weighed en masse to avoid embarrassment for yours truly. The pilot scornfully said, “You all weigh too much. Your luggage will have to come later.” Without giving us a chance to retrieve essentials, we were bundled onto the plane. We used better strategy on this flight than the last one in Kennecott; we both sat on a different sides. We were wedged in so tightly, I worried that...

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Jul 9, 2012 - Bear Jam - Katmai National Park

Yesterday we took another adventure of a lifetime, there are many of those in Alaska. We took a one and a half hour flight on a floatplane across Katchemak Bay and Cook Inlet to Katmai National Park located 500 miles north of the Aleutians, southwest of Anchorage. Our goal was bear watching at Katmai National Park where most of the brown bears (grizzlies) in Alaska are located. The floatplanes usually land in front of the Visitor’s Center on Naknek Lake but because of an east wind blowing we had to land in Brooks Lake and trek through mushy...

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Jun 27, 2012 - Brooks River Camp at Katmai

A trip of a lifetime! We camped 4 nights with temps in the low 40's. I could not put on enough clothes to stay warm. But so worth it to see the bears at the Brooks River Falls catching the salmon. The is a national park so there are rangers on duty to keep the humans from interfering with the bears natural habitat. There are a few basic rules to keep you safe, the most important is to always stay 50 yards away from any bear. The other key rule, is absolutely no food allowed on the trail or platforms. The falls platform closes from 10pm to...

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Aug 5, 2011 - Sandy's Bear Trip!!!!!!!

Friday morning the weather is finally good enough to go on a bear viewing trip to Katmai National Park. The weather is very chilly and a cold wind is blowing so I had many layers of clothing on to keep warm. (Sorry to those of you in the Mid-West that are suffering in the sweltering heat!) Sherry wimped out on this trip so I went on my own and she followed me with The Spot Communicator. The trip starts with getting fitted in hip waders because when you arrive in the Katmai National Park you land on a lake and then hike through some wet...

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Jul 21, 2010 - Bear Viewing at Brooks Falls and a Bear Encounter

Wednesday July 21 – Bear Viewing at Brooks Falls and Bear Encounter Today is the big day of the main event we had planned for Ellie’s visit..Flying out to Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park for Bear Viewing! If you have ever seen photos of Grizzly Bears standing at a waterfall catching Salmon on TV like a National Geographic show or others it was likely filmed at Brooks Falls. We arose early, packed our lunches and snacks and headed to the Lake in Homer where we were to board our plane and take off for the fabled Brooks Falls. The planes...

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Aug 26, 2009 - Russian Village and Anchor Point Eagles

RUSSIAN VILLAGE NIKOLAEVSK AND NINA'S SAMOVAR CAFE: We decide to stop into the Anchor Point visitor information center, in part to ask about the sign designating this area (and our campground) as the farthest western highway. The helpful volunteer shows us that in fact the Homer Spit is more south and Anchor Point IS the most western point one can drive--so we learn something. She also suggests we visit the Russian Village--Nivolaevsk and the Samovar Cafe. We learn that Nivolaevsk is a very small village, with a Russian Orthodox church...

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