Friday, July 30, 2010

Flying into Katmai National Park

These are just some of the images from the flight into Katmai National Park, we had low clouds so getting to some of the areas was not possible that day. A day in the life of an Alaskan bush pilot.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Today the Air Force was out with one of there C-130's doing some touch and goes. Just an amazing aircraft.

Monday, July 26, 2010


Hanging out at the Homer Airport today, hopefully the rain will let up and I'll get out and do some paddling this afternoon.

Caught the Coast Guard doing touch and goes this morning when I showed up.

Sunny Days

The weather here is so often cloudy with light rain. I don't mind it, in fact I somewhat enjoy the peacefulness of the area with the clouds and quiet nature of the light rain. But the days when the sun comes out a person has to go out and enjoy it. I find myself walking the beaches most any day, but the sunny days are always good.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


One of my topics for the IDW/ICE was tides, and all though I understood the principles behind what makes it all happen, I've never really had the opportunity to witness this phenomena in action. The tidal range here at Kachemak Bay in Homer Alaska is one of the highest in the world, this week the range went from a low of -4.9 to a high of 20.5. That's a lot of water moving in and out of the bay! I had a quick lesson from local kayaking guru Tom Pogson at the Alaska Kayak School, and on a paddle across the bay we headed into China Poot Bay. It was our first trip out together, and had some folks along that wouldn't appreciate the "fun" in the middle of the channel so we stayed along the edges going in. The interesting thing in the middle of Katchemak Bay, there was very little current, the bay being around 300 ft deep pretty much allows the water in and out without much fuss. All in all it was a great day on the water, but we didn't get into the tidal action that day .. soon I hope!

Here is a shot of the same piece of driftwood at the high tide line during the high and low. If you click on the low tide shot you can see some people along the waters edge.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Bears ...

We did find some bears.
Here is a link to the photos

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Lake Clark National Park

To find the Alaskan Brown bear you can go on your own and take your chances. Or you can go with someone who does it every day. Even flying in to the areas where the bears are, one needs to have someone who can get you in and out safely.

Along the Lake Clark National Park shoreline

Turning into Chinitna Bay

Do you see the landing strip?

There's a beach to land on somewhere down there ....

Touchdown point is right on the curve.

Now lets go find some bears!