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Old 08-15-2014, 07:02 PM   #31
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Day 6 Ketchikan Bears!

The next morning we arrived in Ketchikan. We were very excited because we had booked an excursion through Southeast aviation to take us to Anan Creek to see bears. In our 2006 trip we never did see any bears so this time we wanted to make sure that we did. We arrived in port earlier than the 11:45am time that Disney had us in port. Jim from Southeast had called and left a message to call him as soon as we got into port. We called and he came and picked us up and took us back to their dockside office. We then boarded the 6 seat Beaver float plane. We were in the air by 11 AM. It was a 45 minute flight North to Anan Creek. It was a 1st time for all of us and a floatplane and was quite an experience. We landed in our pilot pulled the plane up to the shore where we were met by a forest ranger that took our permit and went over some bear facts with us.













Coming in for a landing


Anan Bay


I want to thank my friend Andy for getting this shot since I forgot to.


The trail


Bald Eagles everywhere


Yep, the salmon are running
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:23 PM   #32
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Day 6 Ketchikan Bears!

We then started on our 20 minute walk through bear country up to the observation post. The trail was primarily boardwalk with a few spots of dirt but a very easy walk. We were amazed at all the bald eagles that were in the area. There was a chance that we could run into a bear on the trail the likely we do not. We arrived at the viewing platform and checked in with the 2nd forest ranger. A tip is to sign up for a half hour down in the photo blind at creek level. It wasn’t that crowded while we were there so we were able to view from here twice. This creek is where pink salmon spawn from mid July to late August. The area is also by permit only during this time and there is a maximum of 60 people per day that can visit. This is the only area in Alaska that you will find both black bears and brown bears together. It was truly unbelievable watching bears along the creek fishing for salmon.

At one point when we were down in the photo blind a brown bear came underneath us and grabbed a salmon. He then went about 15 to 20 feet away and ate it.

At another point we were up in the observation deck and a young black bear grabbed a piece of salmon and took off up one of the trees. It was a young eagle sitting in the tree and really didn’t pay attention to the bear.

Spotted our first bear


Eagles and bears


This appeared to be an older bear that had seen a lot of action. My girls nicknamed him/her Chubs.


I see you


Chubs gets a salmon






Three year old grizzly right under us in the blind


























When our time was up we headed back down the trail again without running into any bears. And our floatplane showed up and took us back to Ketchikan. It was really an exciting day.





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Old 08-18-2014, 08:42 PM   #33
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Day 6 Ketchikan Palo

That evening my wife and I took our daughter to her first Palo for dinner. As usual it was a wonderful dining experience.

My DD started off with the Fritto di Calamari


While my DW partook in the Mozzarella and Plum Tomatoes.


I opted for the Tuscan White Bean Soup with Prosciutto and Parmesan Cheese


We ordered the Wild Mushroom Risotto to share just because we could


My DD and I both got the Filet with Gorgonzola and port wine sauce


DW went with the Oregano and Parmesan Crusted Rack of Lamb


We confused DD when we ordered Chocolate Soufflé with vanilla Bean and Chocolate Sauce before dinner came. She thought they were going to bring it out with dinner.




A couple of the masks in the entry way


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Your photography is absolutely incredible. The experience with the bears had to be amazing.
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I'm so happy I found your TR!! I have enjoyed reading it from the begining. You're pictures are AMAZING!!!! I love all the little details you have provided about your trip. I can't wait to hear more, thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:21 AM   #36
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I am truly enjoying your trip report thus far! My family and I are going on the Sept 1st cruise to Alaska and reading about your trip is a great preview as to what's to come. Your pictures are quite good! Seeing all the delicious looking food only reinforces the need to pack my running shoes so I can get some exercise while on board.

I am not too familiar with the Anan Creek Bear Observatory but after seeing your pictures I'm fascinated! I wish we could do this! Unfortunately, no one else in my party is willing to go on a float plane, so I think the excursion is a no go. Too bad, it all looks incredible!
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I love all your pictures, especially the bear pictures, and even more especially the one with the bear & the bird together!
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Fantastic pictures! So far you've do e everything I would do on a trip to Alaska....can't wait to read the rest.

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Day 7 At Sea

Sorry for the delay but I had to go back to work to pay the bills. Let me finish this up. Thank you all for the kind comments.

The next day was a sea day and a bunch of us had booked the private dining room at Palo for brunch. If you are following along we had just finished dinner there the night before Always love brunch at Palo because there are so many choices. Since we had a 10am reservation we were the first ones than in. We showed up early and I asked if I could go in before they opened to take a FEW pictures before they started disappearing. Most of the are labeled in the buffet section.

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Palo Brunch Main Courses

Spicy Sausage Pizza


Blue Cheese, grapes and port wine pizza


Margherita Pizza


Goat Cheese and sun dried tomatoes pizza


Regular Eggs Benedict


Pancakes with blueberries


Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict


Eggs Florentine


Oysters Rockefeller


Chicken Parmesan


Seared Tilapia


Frittata
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Such wonderful photos! What type of camera do you use? What level zoom does it have? I'm planning to get a new camera when we go on an Alaska cruise. Looks like you were able to get so close with your camera zoom!
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Palo Brunch Desserts

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After brunch you can imagine that we were pretty much useless. We were sailing through another interior area of Canada during the morning.




The rest of the afternoon was spent packing and getting ready for disembarkation the next morning. Getting off the ship was fairly easy and going through customs was pretty much a breeze. We were off by 10 o’clock and had arranged for transportation to the airport. We had a 1 o’clock flight so we have a little bit of time to grab something to eat. We flew from Vancouver to Seattle and then Seattle back to Burbank.
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love this! awesome photos!!! we have a mid July cruise booked for 2015..trying to learn every thing I can! I second the camera question - I have a Nikon 5200 dslr, and wonder if I need a bigger zoom lens.
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love this! awesome photos!!! we have a mid July cruise booked for 2015..trying to learn every thing I can! I second the camera question - I have a Nikon 5200 dslr, and wonder if I need a bigger zoom lens.
Thank you. About the bigger lens it would depend on what you have now. The longest that I had was a 200mm but on your camera that would be a 300mm. That was plenty of length for most shots.
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Hi, can you tell me the Amtrak station in Seattle, I see 2 station on the website. Thanks!
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