We saw lots of bears, beautiful location, excellent guides! We stayed at Hallo Bay 4 nights and 5 days (Mon-Friday). Tried to give an overall review of the experience. Off to Hallo Bay: Got to Smokey Bay Air at 9:00 am and we are told to come back at noon. We then headed to Anchor Point for some fishing and moose site seeing. Just as husband was packing up his fishing, we got a call from Hallo Bay at 11:30 telling us to high tail it back to the airport for our flight. We arrived at the airport and met our pilot, Gary, and saw our little (and I emphasis little) plane that will take us to the bears.
Small Ship Adventure Cruises in Alaska: Alaska's Inside Passage is best enjoyed when seen by small ship. There are some excellent Alaska cruises available on many mega ships from Princess Cruises, Holland America Lines and Disney Cruises etc.., but until you have seen Alaska up-close and personal, you have not really seen Alaska. And, you simply cannot get intimate with this great state when you are surrounded by 2,000 other people scrambling to get the latest free trinket from Diamonds International in Juneau or Ketchikan. That's not Alaska..
Brown bear viewing is just one attraction within Katmai National Park: In the summer, dozens of brown bears gather at the Brooks Falls to take their pick of millions of migrating red salmon. But that’s not the reason the park was formed - “The park was created so folks could see the Valley of 10,000 Smokes,” said Ray Petersen, whose family operates the park concession at Brooks Camp. Petersen was a legendary Alaska aviator and regarded as the father of Alaska’s sportfishing industry. Petersen died on August 12.2008 at age 96.
Mushers always pose with their lead dogs under the burled arch in Nome, Alaska, after winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. When Dallas Seavey won Tuesday, he posed with Diesel and Guinness, but he could have used a little more podium space. "I had five lead dogs on this team, and I had to have every single one of them to do their parts of the race," Seavey said shortly after becoming the youngest champion in the race's 40-year history. Seavey turned 25 on March 4, the day the race officially started north of Anchorage. He was the first musher to reach Nome, his nine dogs trotting under the famous burled-arch finish line in the Bering Sea coastal community at 7:29 p.m. Tuesday.