Friday, September 9, 2011

Thoughts about Silver Salmon Creek Lodge and Greg Downing’s Photo Workshop

Today's blog will not show any bear pictures, but will give my thoughts about the trip.
First this is an outstanding trip, and I wish to thank Greg Downing for having organized it and led it. This is the third trip I have taken with Greg and they are all have been excellent. Greg has set up this workshop for next year and the information is available at http://www.naturescapes.net/docs/index.php/workshopdetail?ws_code=alaska_bears_2012. In fact if you sign up by November 1 you can get a $200 discount on the trip.
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The location is on the Cook Inlet at Lake Clark National Park and you stay at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge
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Fish mounts
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Wood stove to help dry cloths and keep you warm
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Communal Living Area

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Bear Statue

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Preparing Meals

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Guide Rich and me
. The Lodge supplies everything that you need, excellent food with three squares a day, hip boots so you don't not get wet when you are walking through the water, which at times depending on the tide which can be up above your knees. The guides are outstanding also, they understand the bears and no what to do to keep you safe. You are transported to the areas we you will photograph by ATV and you are in a cart behind it with your equipment. Expect long days and they are well worth it.
This is the location where you can get up close and personal with the Coastal Brown Bears, without large numbers of people around and be safe.
Part of the trip is a boat ride out to see the tufted puffins and this of course is weather and sea determined.

The Lodge also has Salmon fishing available. If you want a trip of a lifetime consider Silver Salmon Creek Lodge and Greg Downing NatureScapes photo tours.