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Aug 18, 2009 - The Main Attraction: Viewing Bears (and Getting Doctored)

MCNEIL RIVER STATE BEAR REFUGE: McNeil is a relatively unique bear refuge, where permits are issued to no more than 10 people at a time to go out bear viewing with a park ranger guide (who totes a gun but has never had to use it). Permits are issued via a lottery system, with 2/3rds of the permits going to Alaskans (since the refuge is an Alaska State one), and one must wait for two years to apply after a visit. We did not win the lottery, but after we had given up hope and booked another trip, received a call from the park ranger...

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Jun 27, 2008 - Bear Viewing

June 27, 2008 It rained a little in the night, but the morning dawned partly sunny. When we reached Beluga lake and the home of our Otter Sea plane, Chris, our guide said the big picture looked good for flying today. Presently it was zero visability over at Hallo Bay where we would land to see the bears, but it looked as if it was clearing. Ken was still checking the conditions on his marine radio. We got ready, putting on our hip boots as we would land in the ocean and would be wading across several tidal wet lands. The conditions...

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Jun 13, 2008 - Katmai National Park

Today we spent the day at Katmai National Park watching bears! We had a rough start to the day. We had to be at Bald Mountain Air Service at 8:30am. We were close to their location on Beluga Lake in Homer, so we eft the rig at around 8:20am. We would have left sooner, however we had to search for the camera. As I was getting into the Jeep, I dropped my coffee mug and it went flying across the Jeep, dripped on Bob and spilled on the floor. We had to clean this mess up before leaving. We headed to find our departure point; we soon realized...

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Jul 31, 2007 - Day 50: Off to the land of BEARS!

The alarm rang a little after 6am so we could be off to the airport on time for our morning flight to King Salmon with a transfer to a float plane to Brooks Lodge. On the leg from Anchorage to King Salmon, we had great views of Mount Redoubt, Mount Iliamna (part of the "Ring of Fire), and many glaciers. The float plane ride was a first for Erin, Jordan, and Marilyn. The 20-minute flight was at fairly low elevations, so we got incredible views of the flat areas with bogs and oxbow rivers, and low hills. There was not a structure or any sign...

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