Dining with the Bears

We’re back from our 2-week Alaska vacation, and what a trip it was!  I’ll spend the next week or two posting mostly about some unusual culinary aspects of Alaska, with some occasional scenery thrown in for good measure.

Today, I’ve provided a picture of our group eating lunch at Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park and Preserve, the area of Alaska that required us to land in the ocean surf in a sea plane to view Alaskan brown bears (also known as grizzlies or Kodiaks).  I’ll write a LOT more about this trip, which might be the single most memorable day of vacation I’ve ever experienced, but for now, this will suffice.  We packed our own lunch, consisting of turkey wraps (which minimize crumbs, as you don’t want to leave ANY food for the bears to find, as we don’t want them to establish a link between humans as a food source).

Anyhow, this is what we watched while we dined.  Click on the photo for a higher resolution shot.

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3 Responses to Dining with the Bears

  1. who says:

    hey now varmint! glad for your safe return. this trip of yours is so special and i am sure that you and your son can grasp why. the world is currently traveling a course in which it is possible that your grandkids or great grandkids could have no real possibility to see this fantastic venue with these awesome beasts. hopefully we can change that reality. enough waxing, i am so jealous…

  2. Ann says:

    What an absolutely amazing experience! So glad you’re sharing it with us. Didn’t those grizzlies scare you?

  3. Varmint says:

    No, the bears didn’t scare us at all. I’ll post more about this particular part of the trip later, but the naturalist we used, Chris Day, is one of Alaska’s leading authorities on Alaskan brown bears. She was fantastic, and she put us totally at ease. Even when we got as close as 10 feet away from a 600 pound bear!

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