Dayton and Abigail got a chance to go with Paul on a bear viewing flight. There was an extra seat so I got to go along too :) We went to Brooks Range in the Katmi National Park. Glenn Jr. and Carlin who fly for The Farm Lodge in Port Alsworth (and who Abigail worked for last fall) each took a load and Paul flew us in the Cessna 180. We couldn't take our plane because there isn't a runway there so you have to be on floats.
We flew to Port Alsworth to in our plane and then got in the float plane.
Below, Paul tied up our plane to the nearest tree as we lined up beside the many other planes there to see the bears.
I was walking on a boardwalk that was about 12 feet above the ground out to the first bear viewing platform and this huge bear in the picture below walked right under me and stood up to scratch his back. Based on the bark gone off the tree, it must be his favorite tree. It was amazing, I could have reached out and touched him!
The bear at the top of the falls caught his fish in mid air.
Paul and I
Dayton and Abigail in the gift shop.
The cliffs surrounding the valley are beautiful green and purple.