Regis and I have been working on a book documenting our first year on the road and including pro-tips and tricks for future adventurers. We finally finished an eBook and got it published today on Lulu.com. It is available for purchase at this site. http://www.lulu.com/shop/linda-and-regis-burek/the-gifts-of-the-day-traveling-and-camping-with-dogs/ebook/product-24169915.html
We are working on getting it available through other channels like Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, etc.
This is an eBook only at this time.
Everyday, I search for the gifts of the day. You never know what beautiful things life will reveal until you look for it.
Regis and I went kayaking today. We were able to kayak on the intracoastal waterway (ICW) in front of our house which is across the marsh from the ICW. I think it might be a quarter of a mile from our house across the marsh to the ICW.
It was a hot and still day. There was sometimes just a bit of a breeze which was welcome by both of us.
We saw a pelican successfully fishing and one standing on are marker.
We stopped to check out an oyster bar and a few Oystercatchers flew by. We don’t get to see them often. It’s hard to see them unless you are on the water. What a treat! And, I got them in focus!!
As we were leaving the kayak launch site, we saw some trash on the ground that made it clear that people shoot fireworks from this location. As we drove down the road we found ourselves cut off by Sheriff’s tape in two locations (which wasn’t there on the way in). We think it was put there to discourage folks from shooting off fireworks at the launch site but it made it interesting to get back home!
We took off on bush plans to Chinitna Bay. This is probably the most remote place I have been. You can only get there by boat or plane. We stayed at the Bear Mountain Lodge and visited Lake Clark National Park.
The flight over allowed for viewing the spectacular Alaskan scenery. You can’t get tired of looking at this.
After landing on the beach in the plane, we dropped off our stuff at the lodge and headed down the beach in buses that were converted to handle driving on the sand. Our guide instructed us to always stay together in a group for our safety around the bears.
It didn’t take long to spot our first bear, a sow with two adorable cubs. The cubs were likely around 4 months old. They couldn’t possibly be cuter. After viewing many more bears, we returned to the lodge for a hearty meal and went back out for more bear viewing.
We had the delightful opportunity to view a bear washing himself in a stream. I did not realize that bears did such a good job of rubbing themselves down – belly, under arms, behind the ears.
We met the resident park ranger. She’s a young lady who spends the season out here by herself and sleeps in a cabin with fencing to keep out the bears. On this particular day she was accompanied by a biologist who was conducting research. I haven’t been collecting stamps from the National Parks, but I started with this park. Christina was insistent that I take advantage of getting the stamp and it seemed like a good idea to me!
I have a lot of video of the bears and will put together the best clips and place in a future blog post.
Day 7 of this trip, some participants left for the airport. Others stayed behind to embark on the 3 day bear trip that starts tomorrow. I’m going on the bear trip, so I hung around the lodge today and did laundry.
My disk that holds all my pictures broke today. Who knows why? I had to purchase another drive. I have most of my pictures on my laptop as a second backup, but it filled up the other day. I don’t have my pictures from yesterday anymore. I’m sad, but I’m putting what I have on my new drive and will adjust accordingly for the rest of the trip.
Our tour guide, Lisa Langell, loaned me a Canon 5D Mark IV to take some pictures today. I’m amazed at the difference in quality between that camera and my Canon 80D. The pictures posted here are from the Canon 5D Mark IV. Some of these photos are cropped significantly but still look good and sharp.