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Katmai National Park

My husband and I took a day trip to Katmai National Park. It is best known as the home of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and Brooks River, where brown bears congregate to eat salmon every summer. We didn’t have the opportunity to see the valley, but the bears more than made up for it. Of course I took lots of photos. The first batch are from the Lower River Platform, where the Brooks River runs into Naknek Lake:

bears at Naknek Lake
bears at Naknek Lake
bear family near Lower River platform
bear family near Lower River platform
bear eating salmon in lower Brooks River
bear eating salmon in lower Brooks River

These photos are taken from the Riffles and Brooks Falls platforms, overlooking Brooks Falls.

bear at Brooks Falls
bear at Brooks Falls
another bear at Brooks Falls
another bear at Brooks Falls
Lynn at Brooks Falls platform
Lynn at Brooks Falls platform

There was never a doubt that nature took priority, and it was our job to stay out of the bears’ way. There were signs that the bears did what they pleased near the park buildings, and our flight out was delayed when the bears took interest in the float planes on the lake.

bear-clawed trees
bear-clawed trees
tree with bear scratches
tree with bear scratches
bears on plane float
bears on plane float

But all’s well that ends well. The park staff helped us keep a safe distance away, and the bears left so we could take our flight home.

The whole day was amazing, and I am so glad we went!

To learn more about Katmai National Park, see their website at https://www.nps.gov/katm/index.htm.

To see my short video of Katmai, go to

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cya6eU1243A.

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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