Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH Bear viewing.  We leave Beluga Lake here in Homer for the hour flight across the Cook Inlet.  Along the way we pass Cape Douglas, a group of volcanic mountains which protrude into the mouth of the Cook Inlet.  This is called Shelikof Strait which is between Kodiak Island and the mainland.

We get a briefing from our pilot and are each given a pair of waders to wear though out our day.  We have to be in the water getting off the plane, and we travel across the tundra and some mud along the way so it was easier than getting your feet wet and cold.

Where we land is part of the Katmai National Park across from Kodiak Island.  We see the start of the Aleutian Mountain Range as we go.  And, even a couple of volcanoes one of which is still steaming.  We land on a small lake and walk about 15 minutes to our first bear viewing site as we see two and then three cubs playing with each other about 30 yards from us.  After we have our fill of them we move on to Moraine Lake where we sit for awhile and view the bears in the river.  Next we move down a bit on a high bluff and watch more bears enjoying all the salmon in the river.  The salmon are abundant and a brilliant red.  The bears number about 12 along this stretch of the river - they are constantly on the move both in the water fishing (not a sure thing for these bears despite he numbers of fish around them) and roaming between the bushes and emerging down stream for a better place to catch the fish.

All in all we thing we have seen somewhere between 20 - 25 bears.  We see several sows with cubs, both twins and triplets!  It is soooooo cool to see those cute faces! Some of these bears are huge!  They tell us that we are not a threat and since they have so much food right now, they are not interested in us (where have I heard THAT before)...But it turns out they could care less, even the ones on the hill playing see us, but can't be bothered.

We move 4 times and our last move is later in the day and we go around the bend of the river and this is where we see the cubs.  About 9 in all by 4 different moms.

As you know, I have more bear photos, maybe that needs to be my second book!!!  Hmm.

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Avery on

Just terrific...love those cuties....you too~~~

jerrygolfboyer on

What a great showing of wildlife photography! Thanks for doing all the"legwork" while I sit comfortably on my couch!

Claudia on

Your commentary is a hoot! Photos aren't bad either!!!!!!!!!!!!
Will you do a blog for our trip???

Bruce and Ginger on

We are enjoying your blog. Your pictures are fantastic! They are so creative and makes it seem like we are traveling right along with you. Hope you can make it to the Booth's wedding. It would be fun to connect with you guys again.

Pamela on

You have a future in travel books and brochures Miss Sandy. Maybe your current tour group will hire you :)

Tracy on

You got such great photos of the bears. I love them!!

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