We took a flight on K Bay Air/Alaska Bear Adventures today to see brown bears up close. The trip included two K Bay Cessna's, pilots Michael (owner operator) and Jack and nine eager tourists. Our destination was Lake Clark National Park and Preserve (the park encompasses approximately 4,050,000 acres) on the west side of Cook Inlet. The flight took about an hour; we flew past emerald colored islands with waterfalls snaking down to the sea. Below us white Gulls and Kittiwakes skimmed the water. We flew over small homesteads and an old cannery. Finally we arrive, Jack makes one pass over the beach, then sets the plane down gently. We have landed on the beach of Chinita Bay. The beach is scattered with clam shells dug up by the bears.
One of the women in the group asks about a pee break. Jack leads four of us to a spot where we can drop our drawers in private. Seems like a nice spot, at least that’s what the sow with two cubs thought, all nestled snug and dry under the trees we were headed for! Jack spots the bears, stops us in our tracks, reminds us to stand our ground and we wait for mom to move on. The youngest member of our little group is Stephanie who says she doesn’t need to pee anymore, she’s thinks she peed her pants!