Flight seeing. This was part of my training for this sweet summer job (as a programming intern and guide) at Alaska Wildland Adventures. We drove two hours north of Anchorage to the little former bush-town of Talkeetna and familiarized ourselves with what our guests will experience on certain trips.
Denali National Park is two hours north and we flew up to the base in less than 30 minutes in an Otter bush plane. Actually got to land on the Ruth glacier and take a walk about. Flew over some climbers' base camp and headed home.
Also included in this training has been a trip to our backcountry lodge, via a float-raft down the Kenai River. Tomorrow a group of us are heading to the newly constructed Fjords lodge. Word on the street is the black bears are like cattle and it sits looking face to face with a glacier. Again, this is my job. I just have to keep reminding myself.
Trying to digest the flora and fauna info as fast as I can. There are some great resource people here who will talk about Merganzer and Harlequin ducks as much as I can take. Learning what I can eat has been fun and learning what the bears eat has been even better. One of the guys here takes regular scat pictures. Did you know during the dormant or hibernation period, the bears don't poop so when they come out of the coma, it's potty time! Actually called a rectal plug, these stoppers can get up to 10 inches wide and 20 inches long. Holy fiber!
But enough about the nitty gritty. Things are great and schedule is packed. I'm still trying to figure out this photo posting thing but here are two pics from the flight seeing. Enjoy :)