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Published: August 6th 2018
This bear caught his dinner on the fly.
We're in Homer, Alaska, one of my favorite places in the world. You drive down to the end of the Kenai Peninsula, down to the end of the spit, and are surrounded by water and snow covered mountains, THREE of which are active volcanoes. Everywhere you look are water, rock, and snow. After days and days of cold drizzle, we had beautiful weather for a flight in a float plane from Homer to Katmai National Park.
Our flight took us to Brooks Falls, where we spent four hours walking along trails where grizzly (brown) bears live. There are no fences and few protections for people, but the park has never had a serious incident. There are walkways, a bridge and two viewing platforms, so that you can be close to the bears. As the ranger told us when we entered the park, the bears have no interest in people. All they want to do is put on the weight they lost through last year's hibernation and to get ready for this year. The rangers keep a close eye on the bears, but their job is primarily controlling the humans.
So this post is going to be mostly pictures and
We flew over and back on a Cessna float plane. Our return was delayed an hour because one of the passengers was delayed at a bridge which the rangers close when the bears get too close. Two adolescent bears played UNDER the bridge for an hour.
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