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Old June 18th, 2001, 02:14 PM
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Considering doing Misty Fjord flightseeing w/Island Wings, but also heard the flightseeing/bearwatching tour is good also. I'm going in early August and just the flightseeing cost @ $179 ea, whereas the Bear Watching (Anan Creek) & flight will cost @$275 ea. Can someone convince me it is really worth and additional $96 each to watch the bears eat from a stream? How can they really be sure the bears will be at the stream when you arrive? I'm a skeptic by nature, so I'm curious if this trip to watch bears eat isn't "commercial." I really wouldn't mind paying the extra money if gives me an experience I shouldn't miss. It sounds interesting to me, what's your opinion?
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Old June 18th, 2001, 03:02 PM
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Hey,

Just a note that the Anan Creek tour with Island Wings is not guided! Just thought I should let you know. The traitor's cove ($250) is guided.
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Old June 18th, 2001, 05:26 PM
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We were going to take the Anan trip but decided against it when we found out we had to walk 20 minutes to the bear viewing stand unescorted. Call me a wimp but the tour people said there was a possiblity that bears would be on that trail. Just did not want to chance a close encounter, not that adventuresome. She said not to worry, if we didn't make it to the stand in the allocated time a Ranger would come looking for us. Decided this tour was not for us.
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Old June 19th, 2001, 04:38 AM
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So glad I read this. Has anyone been on the traitors cove tour? Any information about it appreciated.
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Old June 19th, 2001, 09:47 PM
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It sounds like the other posters have NOT been there and are forming opinions not based on experience. YOU DO NOT need a guided tour here, very easy walking and only 20 mins if you are walking backwards. This is a prime bear watching area and a top excursion. Taquan does offer guided tours if that is important to you. As for Traitors Cove- best watching is mid- Aug - Sept.
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Old June 19th, 2001, 09:48 PM
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Fewer bears here compared to Anan and prime watching is mid Aug- Sept.
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Old June 20th, 2001, 01:27 PM
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We booked Anan, an love those people at Island! Thanx Karen! We were intrigued by the disclosure Island gave us about the possibility of bears on the path. We have camped and toured through the California Sierras and have been taught to make ourselves big and not sneak up on a bear...be noisy. Walk your children between you and pick them up in a bear encounter, so they will see the 2 of you as one bigger person. These bears in Alaska are well fed and would probably refuse a meal of overfed tourist! So, one question, if you have a ranger walking with you, how does that make you safer? Do you think the bears prefer the taste of Ranger??? ::grin:: Oh, BTW, don't carry any food, gum, mints, candy. Bears can smell food through a car trunk and a hard cooler! Island said we could leave our lunch or snacks in the plane and munch on the way back to the ship in case our withdrawal from ship food for a few hours becomes unbearable. I am still not intimidated!!!
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Old June 20th, 2001, 09:55 PM
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We did the Anan Creek bear watch with Island wings last year and absolutely loved it. The walk was wonderful, lots of berries to pick along the way. And these are black bears, not grizzlies you are going to see. So stop worrying about them attacking you and go for the tour. It is exactly what you see on the nature channels, the REAL Alaska.
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Old June 20th, 2001, 11:44 PM
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Thanks for the info Patty. Being attacked by bears doesn't bother me, getting my $95 worth is my concern (I'm a real cheapskate). What date did you go on the trip?
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Old June 22nd, 2001, 12:30 PM
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I went the end of August and begining of Sept the other trip.
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Old June 22nd, 2001, 09:46 PM
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Second week of August.
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Old June 24th, 2001, 02:35 PM
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On another forum someone left this EXCELLENT website that gives lots of information about Alaskan bears, and what to do if you should encounter one.
http://www.alaskaoutdoorjournal.com/.../beartips.html
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Old June 25th, 2001, 01:20 AM
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I went to watch bears eat off a land tour in Alaska. We were on the Kenai Peninsula. The bears are so busy scooping up salmon and pigging out, they only have a short time to put on all the weight they will need for the winter's hibernation, that unless you walk right up to them, they won't notice you. Actually, we stayed in cabins in a national park and while walking to dinner came face to face with a bear. That was 25 years ago and I'm here telling you about it.

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