Sunday, August 3, 2008

Katmai National Park


This place is infested with grizzly bears. They're like squirrels here. Looking into the crystal-clear water, I can see why.
The only thing more numerous that the bears are the spawning salmon. This a magical place.


We got up very early this morning and hopped on a small jet, which flew us out to King Salmon, Alaska. From there, we got on a small float plane (always unnerving when the pilot asks you how much you weigh before you get on) for a short trip into Katmai. This has to be one of the most remote national parks in the country.

It also offers what I figure to be the greatest disparity between tent camping and lodge camping prices. This is a great example of elementary supply and demand.
The term "lodge" should be used loosely, as the rooms are little more than 3.5 walls and a door. One small room runs around $780 per night for two people. By contrast, tent camping runs $8 per night per tent, with however many people you can stuff into one. Like I said, supply and demand. Of course the risk of being eaten by a bear is a tad higher in a tent, but it is still remote. Plus, you get a great story to tell by tent camping in the most highly-concentrated grizzly habitat in the world. Looks like it's tent camping tonight. Wish me luck.

2 comments:

Sarah said...

You probably don't have as many bear dreams in the lodges as you do with the tents. :)

Rachel B said...

Cool bears.