Just over a year has passed since Mom’s recommendation that I start a blog to chronicle what I see and do while I’m in Alaska. I had planned on sitting down and writing a recap of the last year a few days ago, on what would have been the true one year anniversary of me talking about eating poisonous berries and getting chased by bears. Since I’m still here I think it’s safe to assume that I have yet to try the poisonous berries.
So back to my plans of writing the other night… That evening after dinner I decided to take a quick drive down the beach to check out a few of the streams in the area for salmon. After finishing up my quick scouting run I went to start up the ATV and head back to the lodge, but lucky me, the ATV would not start, and after a quick check I found that my half full fuel tank was actually half full of water. Something I learned early last year, always use a filter when pumping gas, or you will get water in your tank. After a six mile walk back to the lodge in the pouring rain, I think the lesson has finally sunk in, at least until next year. Needless to say, it was a long night, and I still have not been chased by a bear.
My past year in Alaska has been a non stop learning experience, and I am grateful everyday for the opportunity to be up here. Everyday presents a new and exciting challenge, and the wildlife and scenery that surrounds Icy Bay is without a doubt second to none. The bears are especially interesting to watch.
This morning while thinking of what to write, I looked up and saw a sow and her cub, in almost the exact same spot I saw my first bear, one year ago. As you can see, it’s still raining… (another lesson, always have your raingear with you. It might be sunny and clear skies, but at some point during the day, it WILL rain)
Here is the picture from last year, only about fifty yards from this morning’s sighting:
Unlike last Fall, I see bears almost everyday now. It’s a welcome break in the day to watch the bear cubs play on the beach, while the larger bears flip rocks looking for grubs, or strip the bushes of all their ripe berries. If you look closely, you can see a young bear in the photo below.
I still try and spend an hour every night fishing in front of the lodge. I rarely catch more than a few Dolly Varden, but occasionally I’ll hook into a small (less than 4”) Flounder, or Sculpin. In the past few days I’ve started catching a few Pink Salmon as well. It’s not non stop catching by any means, but it helps keep my sanity in tact.
Rob, the other guide here, will arrive in a week, along with a group of 4 people. Then the following week my buddy Rod will be here for 7 days of
turning wrenches and fixing vehicles non stop fishing.
With a year gone by, thanks for taking the time to read, and view my pictures.