Thursday, March 6, 2008

We Got There Somehow...


I have posted many photographs over the last several months of the Katmai grizzly bears but that only tell part of the story of the trip. There are two more parts to it, one I won't go into and that is the Park itself. There is more than just grizzly bears in Katmai it is also the land of 10,000 smokes and much more. I know Shane and I were taken by this place and can't seem to get enough of it. Just this past weekend we watched two shows on television about it. We would love to go back and I would be willing to travel to Alaska just to go to Katmai and spend three or four days. I know it does not seem like a long time but once you start planning and figure the price out, lets just say it is long enough.

The other part of the trip is the trip itself. After traveling by camper from Seward to Anchorage we had to board a small jet to travel to King Salmon. Now I didn't know it until I got home but a long time friend of mine David Myers spent allot of time stationed in King Salmon and was able to tell me some stories about the place. I almost forgot to mention it was raining in King Salmon and apparently that is the norm. Once in King Salmon we boarded a float plane (the one pictured above) for the trip to Katmai. Upon reaching Katmai you are greeted with bears in the water and along the beach just waiting to eat you, oh I mean take their photograph.

The Katmai sign is on the beach in the area you get off the float planes, and no Chuck the camera with the self timer did not take the photograph I took it off a tripod making the settings and telling it what to do. More tomorrow on the trip and what it takes to do a Katmai trip.

6 comments:

Chuck said...

I like the fire extinguisher on the dock. I can just picture it.

"Hey buddy my plane is on fire grab that dry chem over there and put it out."

It is probably more useful as a bear repelant. Of course it could just anger the bear even more. Who knows.

Do you have any landscapes from the lake or the park? It looks like a nice place.

Bradley Myers said...

None from King Salmon and little from Katmai. When you get there and see all the grizzly bears your brain goes to crap and that is all you think about. That is one of the reasons I need to do another trip there. I will be posting a few more photos from there that are not bears, and tell more of the story.

Sparky said...

I know what you mean when your brain goes to crap. I was in King Salmon for a year. And went to Katmai a couple of times. got lots of pictures of the bears. SOme fish we caught and the sign. But no pictures of the cabins and the park buildings. The park is a nice place. I got have stayed there all summer. King Salmon nice place. As for the fire extinguisher it was a state requirement.

Anonymous said...

Who is the old guy, in the sign photo, on the left?

Dale (Wally) said...

My question is what was the family standing on to look over the sign ?

Bradley Myers said...

First off I don't see any old guys in the photograph. Just two young men and Linda. I never even took any photos of the observation platforms at the falls I was so rapped up in shooting the bears. And you are right I never thought to shoot the cabins either, by then I was spent from shooting 8 gig of bears.

We were standing on the ground, the sign wasn't that high.