When you come to Alaska you want to see bears. You want to get some good bear photos. And the best way to do that is on a bear viewing tour. We book one for Crescent Lake in Lake Clark Natl. Park. You take off and land on lakes in a float plane! It's a big thing here.
So while they're gassing it up they need one more person to steer and they pick Marie! Just kidding, though she did get to sit up front and ride shotgun.
After landing we cruise around in boats on teal colored glacial fed lakes surrounded by gorgeous mountains and glaciers looking for bears. The guides are very experienced and know where the bears like to hang out.
We were on the water less than five minutes when we spotted this brown bear catching salmon and splashing in the water. He was fixed on the salmon and couldn't care less about us as we came to 15 to 20 yards from him.
After a few attempts he caught his dinner. We watched him catch a couple more salmon before he went off for a nap.
We saw 8 brown bears and 1 black bear. This black bear walked along the shore for about 30 yards posing for a few photos before he made his way into the woods.
The heart pounds and the adrenaline flows hot while 20 - 25 yards away a brown bear lifts his head and looks you in the eye. Then he just goes back to fishing!
We also got to watch a mother bear teaching her cub to pull the dead salmon out of the lake for a meal.
This Alaska bear got salmon all over himself while learning what he needs to survive in Alaska. Cute but I wouldn't get too close.
On the way back we flew over the Alaska Range mountains with 2 active volcanoes. You could see the steam coming off the lava right next to the glaciers.