When in Alaska earlier this month, I was able to take a bear watching tour out of Kodiak Island. Because the salmon were not yet running, the famous Kodiak bears were not down from the mountains yet. So, I hopped on a float plane with Andrews Airways to check out the bears in Katmai National Park.
Here’s some of the pictures from the beautiful flight out. From rugged coastlines to glaciers, it was clear to see why this area was a protected wilderness. To me, the beauty of the terrain far outweighed the ability to check out the bears.
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I really enjoyed what I saw of the park from the air. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see much of the park from on the ground. There did seem to be a large bear population, so care would need to be taken if you wanted to do extensive exploring of the park.
From Wikipedia : Katmai National Park and Preserve is a United States National Park in southern Alaska, notable for the Valley of the Ten Thousand Smokes and for its brown bears. The park and preserve covers 4,093,077 acres, being roughly the size of Wales. Most of this is a designated wilderness area, including 3,473,000 acres (5,427 sq mi; 14,050 km2). The park is named after Mount Katmai, its centerpiece stratovolcano.