Before we begin I want to reference the Bears of Brooks River 2018 reference guide. Indeed, all these bears are well-documented. So if you see me refer to them by their number, more information can be found in this reference.
This trip sort of started way back in January. January 5th 12:00 AKST to be exact. That is the precise time registration opens for the coveted Katmai Campground. It only holds 60 spots, and it seems that the whole world wants them during the month of July. Attempting to coordinate with a friend (Tim), we were set on grabbing the second week. But that date literally filled up in seconds. Almost suspiciously fast. Alas, we were pushed off our goal of visiting peak season and had to settle for the last week of July into early August. Here’s hoping that the salmon run…runs late.
Continue reading Katmai 2018: Sub-adult Summer
It’s the hottest weekend yet with a surprising amount of wildlife activity for this time of year.
Continue reading Yellowstone July 7: Battle of the Bears
The spring is off to a slow start photo/camping-wise, but we are off for the first campsite of the season.
Continue reading Yellowstone May 25-26: Instameet and Hellroaring Creek
What an adventurous year this has been! Here is a summary of my favorite moments and photos to wrap up 2017, presented in sequential order by season.
Continue reading 2017 Year-End Review
With a holiday weekend ahead, it’s time to head straight up to Canyon Village from work. When passing Hayden Valley, it was past 8:30 and dark, but one of the largest traffic jams I’ve seen for this time of year. Everyone was focused on the east side, towards the Wapiti rendezvous area. Looks like I have my morning spot picked out.
Continue reading Yellowstone September 2 – 4: Hayden Valley to Beartooth
Two Katmai trips in a month?? Yup. Here we go again with more bears from a different section of the park.
Continue reading Katmai July 26 – 31: Coastal Bays
Katmai National Park – it’s home to some of the best bear viewing in the world, the iconic Brooks Falls, and the lesser known Novarupta eruption.
For this somewhat impromptu trip, I’m flying from Anchorage to King Salmon, and then taking a float plane to Brooks Camp for three nights.
Continue reading Katmai July 3 – 6: Brooks Camp
With the snowfall from early June a distant memory, this was one of the nicest weekends so far this year. It’s warm summer weather with wildflowers down in the valleys.
Continue reading Yellowstone June 24: Wapiti Wolves and Wildflowers
This last week or so had some a variation of spring-summer weather. Technically meteorological summer has started on the 1st of June. Early summer here means snow-melt and maybe a rogue snow shower.
Continue reading Yellowstone & GYE June 9 – 11: Summer?
Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of the summer season and the start of intense crowds in the greater Yellowstone area. But the summer season does not mean summer weather! It’s still variable with cool nights and snow-covered campsites.
Continue reading Yellowstone May 26 – 30: Just a Few Bears