We (a couple) booked a bear viewing tour with Sasquatch through alaskatours.com website. This was the 2nd day of our Alaska trip so we drove from Seward where we stayed the previous night all the way to Homer. We booked the 2pm trip and arrived at the sasquatch office at around 130pm. The weather wasn't looking good and we were told that the trip was cancelled due to inclement weather (rains, in our case). We were terribly disappointed a) because we were gonna miss the most awaited part of our entire trip b) We weren't informed about the cancellation in advance and we just drove 5 hrs to nothing. Zack could only offer few comforting words at the time but said we could do the tour the next day morning, if weather permits that is. We took a drive to the nearby Homer spit, sat for couple of hours and decided that if he had to take the tour we had to cancel/miss our other activities in the trip. So we decided against it and drove to Cooper Landing where we were booked for the night.
We couldn't sleep the entire night, so decided to give a call to Zack at 5:30am and asked him if he is doing the morning trip. He said he will check the weather and let us know by 7. He called at 7 and told that though there is fog it was expected to burn away and we were good to go. No bfast, no bath we pushed the gas pedal and rushed the drive back to Homer. When we reached at 10am, the fog wasn't off yet and we had to wait. This time we did and at 12 noon, Zack told us that the tour was ON. :)
It was a group of 10 with Zack and Tim. We were given knee length boots and had to sign some papers. Once done, we were on the tarmac by the planes waiting for confirmation from Homer ATC on weather. We did some more waiting there and finally at 1pm, we took off, 5 in each flight.
The views were amazing right from the start. We passed along the beautiful homer spit, the kachemak bay, snow covered mountains, glaciers and even a volcano covered with snow. During the 45 mins flight we had to wear headphones to save us the noise the plane would make and also to enable us to listen on the radio and know what's going on.
We landed along a shore in Katmai Natl. park and walked along streams of water to spot 2 bears waiting in the water. We sat as close as 20 feet and the bears walked as close as 10 feet from us. One of them caught a fish and it was a sight to watch. Then came another and joined the party. A little while later, a momma bear came with its cub in tow. Cub breast fed just 8 feet from where we were sitting. We were so silent in awe of what we witnessed.
After spending close to 2.5 hrs with the bears we found our way back to the plane and to Homer.
I'll let the pictures say the remaining, but 3 cheers to the sasquatch team for making this adventure happen even when weather wasn't cooperative.
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