Rainbow King Lodge
Travel Blogs from Iliamna
... we were told it was closed due to bear activity nearby. We headed for the safety of the nearby viewing platform and watched and waited until the rangers gave us the green light to cross. Of course, as soon as we got the green light and started making our way to the bridge, the bear changed directions and started moving toward the bridge again. This did cause the rangers to close the bridge again, but not before we were able to start crossing it.
... We were able to spend several hours watching the bears today before heading back to the lodge to get our float plane back to King Salmon. Tonight we are staying in the King Salmon Inn (not the Four Seasons, for sure). King Salmon is a very small town in the middle of nowhere. There are very few places to stay and fewer places to eat. The Inn, although clean and recently built or renovated, is nothing to write home about, but does provide us with shelter and a ...
... can die when a small plane crashes".
May not have been worded quite like that
. . . but that was the definite point.
The lady in the light grey coat (above) stated . . . .
"If you don't have to sign a waiver, it is not worth doing!" . . .
... of catchable high-protein food while they fill the shallows in large numbers. This supplements the bears usual diet of berries and other vegetation - an adult bear might eat up to 35lbs of salmon in a day.
The bears also have to compete with human anglers who also flood the area in salmon season, fishing off special Parks permits which limit them to 3 fish per person per day. But Kyle told us that the bears are unconcerned about ...
... to the plane. The pilot had previously agreed to take us to Dick Proenneke's cabin. Dick Proenneke completed his cabin in 1968, long before the area was a national park, and lived there for 30 years. It was built using only hand tools and displays a remarkable level of craftsmanship. A documentary film was made in 2003 about the construction of the cabin called Alone in the Wilderness. Proenneke kept extensive journals while living in the ...