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Wandering Kodiak

The flight leaves Kodiak Island at 4pm.  We have one last day to make the most of exploring this wild place.  We passed by Fort Abercrombie Park, a World War II site with a beautifully rugged coast rumored to have... Continue Reading →

Frazer River Bear Families

Below the weir is a large shallow pool where a lone sow is wading.  She occasionally darts in a rush of water toward salmon that are making their last journey upstream. She isn't having much success in the middle of... Continue Reading →

Kukak Bay Serenity

The rising sun casts a warm peach glow across the calm, flat waters of Kukak Bay.  We arrived here after dark last night dropping anchor next to Eagle Rock where a pair of oystercatchers is now starting their day.  A... Continue Reading →

Two Days Full of Bears in Geographic Harbor

It's a rare, sunny, blue-sky, August day on the Katmai Coast.  There's a nice breeze that is keeping the bugs at bay.  I can see bears fishing in the river and others walking the beach toward the mouth of the... Continue Reading →

Our First Steps in Geographic Harbor

After quickly adding layers - long underwear, rain pants, wool socks, thermal undershirt, sweater, coat, hat, and gloves - I grabbed my backpack and hip waders and boarded the skiff for our first trip ashore.  We passed what I first... Continue Reading →

A Week on an Old Tugboat Along the Katmai Coast

Low tide almost empties the terminal end of the Kamishak Bay in Geographic Harbor leaving a stunning technicolor braided river in its place. The opaque blues of the glacial silt mix with the sand and soil from recent rains.  We... Continue Reading →

Best Flight Delay Ever!

After six days in Lake Clark National park, the morning of our departure arrived. I awoke early to take advantage of one last bear viewing trip before breakfast only to find us socked in with fog. As I'm not so... Continue Reading →

A Rainy Day at the Lodge

At the lodge in Lake Clark, our assigned guide was at our disposal. Want to go out before breakfast at 6am? Want to go out after lunch?  Want to go on a hike? He'll take you.  I'm not sure when... Continue Reading →

Puffin Island

One morning while we were staying in Lake Clark, we took the opportunity to go with one other couple to Puffin Island.  We departed late morning on a low-tide loading.  The boat is moored far off from the high tide... Continue Reading →

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