Alaska Brown Bears
June 8-16, 2013
Limited to 6 Adventurers
Join Laurie Excell and Katmai Wilderness Lodge in our eleventh year leading Excellent Photo Adventures on the Katmai Coast.
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Springtime is the season of rebirth and nowhere is it more apparent and can you see it in action than Alaska as the grasses and flowers come to life. Eagles are nourishing their new chicks, Kittiwakes are beginning the courtship and nesting behavior as are Puffins and gulls. Sea lions bask on the rocks with their newborn pups and sea otters float in rafts with their young. Bears are filling their empty bellies with the sedge grasses and clams while the boars strut and spar with each other the sows with cubs steer clear in sheltered coves and away from all the testosterone.
Our adventure takes us to the Katmai coast where we live in a comfortable lodge with each participant having their own cabin. With gourmet meals to sustain us throughout the day and a picnic lunch in the field we don’t go hungry and in fact, even with all the walking we do, I manage to add a pound or two each visit.
Cost of Adventure: $5950.00 (Single Occupancy)
Included in the cost adventure:
Transportation to the lodge and back from Kodiak, all transportation by boat within the park (Katmai NP), lodging (single occupancy), all gourmet meals, expert bear guides and boat captains and my personal instruction.
Not included in the cost of the adventure:
Transportation to Kodiak from your home base, first night lodging in Kodiak and tips for our amazing guides.
A non-refundable deposit of $1000.00 is required to hold your spot with the balance due 90 days prior to the adventure (unless otherwise specified in the adventure descriptions). Within the 90 day time period no refund will be issued unless your spot can be filled at which point a refund less the non-refundable deposit will be issued. Life happens, best laid plans go awry. I strongly recommend trip insurance!
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*Note: There is a good amount of walking involved in this adventure. We travel by boat to our locations and then disembark into the water in waders/hip boots and cross mud flats. While it is not extremely difficult (I have had all ages and degrees of fitness) a certain degree of fitness is required to navigate your way around.
Day 1, Sat June 8
Arrive in Kodiak, AK by early afternoon (I strongly suggest coming in a bit early to give yourself a cushion in case of Alaska weather). The hotel will send a car for you. Once everyone has arrived, we will have dinner and go over the itinerary for the upcoming week and get to know each other. Overnight in Kodiak.
Day 2, Sun June 9
After a hearty breakfast we will load up and wait for our ride from Andrew Air to shuttle us to the floatplane docks. The flight to the lodge is a scenic 45-50 minutes.
Upon arriving at the lodge everyone is shown to their cabin to get settled in. A delicious lunch is waiting (one of many wonderful meals) and afterwards we head off on our first sight seeing excursion around the bay. We return each evening in time to freshen up and relax in the lodge recounting our day while we download our images. With long days it’s easy to loose track of time. It can still be light out and midnight before you know it. So, we retire to get a good night’s sleep dreaming of tomorrow’s adventures.
Day 3, Mon June 10-Day 8 Sat June 15
Each morning we begin our day with a hearty breakfast and then depending on the tides, we walk a few steps down the beach to the boat or we take the scenic, long trail through the woods to the boats. There are two boats with nice cabins, bathrooms and good deck area to shoot from. We will have the exclusive use of the entire lodge and both boats during our stay. We travel the three local bays in search of bears. Our most likely spots to find them are in the tidal flats at low tide clamming or in the grasses eating the spring sedge grass. Other target subjects are…sea otters, harbor seals, whales, porpoise, bald eagles, black-legged kittiwake, puffins (horned and tufted) and much more. We typically stay out all day taking a picnic lunch to be eaten in some lovely meadow during a lull in bear activity. Evenings are spent enjoying a wonderful meal, downloading images, cleaning equipment and enjoying the comforts of the lodge.
Day 9, Sun June 16
Everything is packed and ready to go by breakfast. We take a last sight seeing ride around the bay and back to the lodge or our meeting point for the plane. A last meal is eaten while waiting for our ride back to civilization and reality. Arrive Kodiak mid afternoon, depart for Anchorage and home.
To sign up, call Laurie: 503-703-3872 or fill out form below.