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Tongas Forest, in Alaska

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One of the other places we went in Alaska was the Tongas Forest.  We had to take a small boat about 20 minutes from Sitka to where we were going to see the wilderness of Alaska.

Our guide who has lived in this area all his life greeted us and instructed us how to drive the ATV’s we were going to use to drive into the forest.  There were only six of us I think, and two per vehicle, so it was a nice, small group.  After his instructing us on the proper way to drive…or NOT to drive haha, he then proceeded to tell us the disappointing news.  They had not seen bears there for about 3-4 weeks.  😦   I was pretty bummed at first but it didn’t last long because once we got in our ATVs and headed into the forest, I felt like I was on an adventure!

We stopped along the way and our guide explained the environment and we found it quite interesting and beautiful.  At the mid-point, we stopped for a snack, taking all the beauty in and looking at the salmon in the stream below a bridge when all of a sudden I looked down the river and said, “Is that a bear??”  Sure enough!  Three bears came out from behind a rock and we were all so excited!  They were quite far away and even with my 300mm zoom, it was still a distance, but I captured a few pics of them.  (A 300mm zoom is NOT sufficient for wildlife photography!  That I learned.)

Here’s some of our adventure.

along we goHeading off into the Tongas Forest!

eagle over treesWe saw eagles soar…

bears again…and bears roam…

bears…and sit…

salmon-weband saw the salmon they were trying to catch!

behindWe headed back…

sunsetto beautiful Sitka once again and our floating home away from home.


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Journey of a Body on this Earth

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