We had an amazing experience watching a grizzly bear mom with 3 cubs during the salmon run in Alaska. After watching the mom teach her little cubs all about fishing we human animals enjoyed our fishing with Shawn a fellow overlander who cooked us fish tacos under the cover of a tarp in the pouring rain. Time for enjoying our supper while singing in the rain
Living in close quarters always challenges a marriage or any relationship and when I say close quarters I mean, “Breath in I want to pass you” The camper is 30 square feet, not exactly a huge space. So it is not without saying we have a few little “domestic disputes” although Tom is extremely considerate and generous and I sometimes wonder how he puts up with me. Everything has to be negotiated especially where we want to go. It works out just fine if we both want to go in the same direction or to the same location but if he wants to go west and I want to go east we have a problem. Thankfully we are generally on the same page and both want to see the same things, but it is so interesting to listen to myself arguing against his suggestions, which if I don’t agree with seem so wrong. We arrived at Haines Junction and had to make a decision as to which route we should take home. Ah I forgot we don’t have a home anymore. He wanted to go to Haines and take the ferry to Skagway and then head back to Calgary. I wanted to go to Skagway and back and not take the ferry. Oh my Scottish inheritance and that $120 ferry costs just did me in. But finally I allowed him to win the argument (I can also be generous sometimes J) and we headed south to Haines.
The scenery was spectacular oh yes Canada you are prettier than Alaska.
Canada at its Best
Canada's Blue Lakes
We arrived in Haines and were told by the friendly owner of Haines Hitch-Up RV camp if we hurried to we might see grizzlies coming down to the river to eat salmon. We raced to the Chilkoot River and I was in heaven as we watched a mother grizzly with 3 small cubs on the banks of the river. Her brown coat was shining under the blue sky, the water rushing past the little brown cubs playing on the waters edge under a watchful eye of their mom. When she moved into the high grass the little heads would pop up as the cubs stood on their hind legs peering over the top of the grass, curiosity about the world and the people on the banks watching them. It was the right decision to come to Haines and this evening we head back to the river hoping mom and cubs will be back.
Mother Grizzly and 3 Cubs