Well, I made it. Many, many miles of sitting behind my steering wheel finally got me up to Alaska. And whata gorgeous day it is to arrive. This morning, as I made my way through the final couple hundred miles of the Yukon Territory, I saw moose, tundra swans, grizzly bears and a coyote. I managed to take a few images of the coyote, and also the bears as they grazed on the wildflowers and grasses. I saw a number of black bears in western and northern BC, but no grizzlies. Grizzlies are SO cool, it’s always a treat to see them, and another to photograph them. This family of bears allowed me to be pretty close to them, and I shot this photo with my 70-200mm lens, pointed out the window of my truck. I found if I moved slowly, kept noise to a minimum, and didn’t do anything stupid, the bears were reasonably calm the whole time. Other motorists would drive up, screech to a halt, turn off their engine, restart it and drive closer still, turn it off again, excitedly stick their cameras out the window, beep their horns, holler at the bear and generally make a nuisance of themselves tended to keep the bears anxious. Soon enough, they (the bears) made their way off into the woods for some peace and quiet – I would’ve too, but there’s bears in them thar woods.
So now I’m in Alaska, in the tiny town of Tok, not far from the northern entrance to Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. I’m super excited to be back in Alaska, and even more so to get back to Wrangell – St. Elias National Park again and dig into my project. First, I think I’ll have a bite of lunch, catch on some emails, stretch my legs, and grab another cup of coffee.