Where I stayed
Bear Lodge B&B
We board the MV Malaspina for the 4 1/2 hour ferry ride from Juneau to Haines. We are surrounded by the most spectacular mountain scenery. We hang outside on the upper deck lounge chairs dressed in shorts, taking in the sunshine & views. Hayden is going crazy taking pictures and I call Lisa (Hayden takes a picture of this, so she can see where we are) The call is as clear as if we are right next door. The ships are spotless and organized and people are extremely friendly - it is an excellent way to travel! During the journey we meet a guy who lives in Haines (more to expound upon this at Monday Night Dinner) who advises us to have the person picking us up, to run us up the street just beyond our B&B to the river. "There's tons of fish right now and you'll definitely see bears." Yay! Thank you Tyler! Love You! for more than your good advice! cute too!
We walk off the ferry and meet Jim with the Mustard-Colored Scion, our host from Bear Lodge. He is more than willing to run us up the road to the river. In about 7 minutes we are watching 2 bear cubs and their mother fishing in the river. Hayden & I were snapping pictures from the backseat of the Mustard Colored Scion. Very Exciting!! Jim says he never gets tired of seeing the bears. A little farther up the river we watch another bear fishing, then around another corner we slow down and drive behind a big mama ambling up the middle of the road in front of us! We drove slowly and Hayden hung out the window of Mustard-Colored Scion snapping away. The bear came to a crest on the road, the sky was pink and the sun was setting over the Chilkoot Lake surrounded by mountains and she turned to look at us a moment, then went down over an embankment into the lake. At that moment with the sunset behind her on the crest, I happened to have my camera in my hands, and if that be the only Alaska photo I can claim as my own, I guess I'll be okay. It was pretty spectacular!
Jim said we could get out of the Mustard-Colored Scion as long as we were ready to jump back in instantly if necessary. So we watched the bear fish in the lake from about 12 feet above her. Wow!