October 20th, 2009
These 7-11 trips around Alaska look extremely exciting. Watch as a 40-ton humpback whale launches itself out of the ocean in Frederick Sound; see brown bears fishing for salmon in a rushing river; float among icebergs as a part of a glacier tumbles into the sea. Read more here
September 1st, 2009
I thought this guided birding trip across America by train was well worth a plug.
A sensational cross-country birding trip aboard Amtrak trains, linking New York’s Adirondack Mountains, the prairies of North Dakota, and Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. This remarkable 14-day adventure combines the excitement of a cross-country train trip with great birding in some of the classic landscapes of North America. Our route will take us from the northeast through the Midwest, and across the northern tier of the United States, all the way to the deep blue waters of the Pacific Northwest. En route, we will experience a sampling of ecosystems: the northeastern forests, lakes, and bogs of Upstate New York; the prairies, farmlands, and wide open spaces of the Great Plains of North Dakota; and the snow-capped mountains, old-growth forests, and rocky coastline of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. More here
July 22nd, 2009
Every year millions of salmon arrive from the Bering Sea into the lakes and streams of Katmai National Park. These fish provide a food source for the world’s largest population of brown bears.This is a great place for observing one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles. Brooks Falls is only a short walk from Katmailand’s Brooks Lodge. As many as fifty bears can be watched fishing along the short stretch of Brooks River during the peak of the salmon season. Note Driving to Brooks Lodge is not possible as there are no roads and the lodge is only accessible by air only.
July 22nd, 2009
The Guardian has put together this very useful list of the best national parks in the US.
- Best wilderness park: Katmai and Kenai Fjords National Parks, Alaska (watch grizzly bears gathered as thousands of salmon from the Bering Sea swim upstream to spawn)
- Best adventure park: Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon
- Best-kept secret park: Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park, Maine
- Best park for cycling on two wheels: New River Gorge National Park, West Virginia
- Best off the beaten track park Back-country hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
- Best wildlife parks: Yellowstone Park( Despite the numbers, “when you get haunted by the howl of the wolf pack and the grizzly is ambling by, you’ll appreciate it’s the best”), Montana/Wyoming in summer, and Everglades, Florida, in winter
July 19th, 2009
Kayak trip in Ketchikan, Alaska for people looking for a true wilderness experience.
“All around, mountains rise out of the ocean and the rainforest presses right down to the shoreline. Several Bald Eagle nesting sites are active here. Along the shore we often can see river otters, bear and Sitka Black Tail Deer. The water provides seals, sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, Orcas and Humpback whales. On occasion we see Minke whales. Sea birds are numerous and Cormorants dry off their wings on the rocks around us. The inter tidal marine life visible at low tide or underneath the kayaks in the clear water offers a colorful display of starfish, sun stars and sea cucumbers” Ketchikan Tours