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